MEIL expedites rig delivery to ONGC


Rajahmundry asset adds 2,000-HP land drilling rig (World’s highest capacity featured rig) and It can operate in high-pressure & high-temperature conditions and can drill up to a depth of 6,000 meters.

Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh), March 22 (BigWire Delhi Desk) Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) said it has expedited the delivery of rigs and the handing over of a 2,000-HP land drilling rig to the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Rajahmundry asset, in Bhimavaram, Rajahmundry, covering oil & gas prospects in the east and west Godavari Districts.

This is a state-of-the-art indigenous oil rig with the latest and best-in-class features in the world. This 2,000-HP rig can give performance equal to a 3,000-HP traditional rig. This indigenous rig is being operated successfully, and it can drill up to 6,000 meters (6 km) deep into the earth.

As of now, the MEIL has supplied 10 land drilling rigs. While three of them are already operational, the other seven rigs are in the final stage of installation and commissioning and these rigs will be operational in 4 – 5 weeks across various onshore ONGC Fields.

At the same time, the MEIL has supplied 1st lot of five workover rigs to the Mehsana, Ahmedabad, Ankleshwar, Agartala, and Shibsagar ONGC fields. These 1st lot five rigs are ready to operate. 2nd lot of 5 Rigs is also under the advanced stage of manufacturing.

pow2The MEIL received an order for 47 rigs from the ONGC in competitive bidding. Out of these, 20 are workover rigs, and 27 are land drilling rigs. The 20 workover rigs include 12 of 50-MT capacity, four rigs are of 100 MT, and the remaining four have a capacity of 150 MT each. Of the 27 land drilling rigs, two are mobile hydraulic rigs with a capacity of 1,500 HP, and 17 are AC VFD rigs with 1,500 HP capacity. Six others are AC VFD rigs having a capacity of 2,000 HP, and two others are HT VFD rigs of 2,000 HP.

The MEIL will be manufacturing and supplying all the rigs to the ONGC assets in Assam (Sibsagar, Jorhat), Andhra Pradesh (Rajahmundry), Gujarat (Ahmedabad, Ankleshwar, Mehsana, and Cambay), Tripura (Agartala), and Tamilnadu (Karaikal).

These rigs are built with full automation in order to reduce the downtime on account of safety & maintenance. These rigs are of the first of their kind to induct into the ONGC drilling fleet. These rigs, in the coming days, will be the game changers in the drilling wells technology, which is a need of the hour.

In spite of COVID-19, MEIL is committed to completing the project with its expertise, dedication, and hard work. The problem of getting components from global suppliers is still persisting, however, the supply chain of the industry is slowly recovering which is helping in the timely delivery of the rigs.

On March 8, K. Satya Narayana, Technical Head, Rigs Project, MEIL, said, “As the Covid-19 is in endemic stage, we have expedited the manufacturing of rigs and their deliveries as promised. The company is playing a vital role in the energy sector, both upstream and downstream.

These state-of-the-art oil rigs will have the world’s best and most advanced hydraulic technology features. As the energy prices soar, the advanced rigs are very crucial for the Indian energy sector to drill the oil and gas wells faster and increase the oil and gas production for domestic use. MEIL is the first private player in India in manufacturing highly efficient oil drilling rigs with indigenous technology under the “Make in India” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives.”

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