Exploratory block GK-OSN-2009/1 has been awarded to a a consortium of AWEL (20%), ONGC (40%), IOCL (20%) and GSPCL (20%) under the NELP VIII round. ONGC is the Operator of the block where activities are currently in the appraisal phase. GSPCL is not participating in the appraisal programme and its PI is being equitably distributed amongst the other partners - ONGC -50%, IOC -25% and AWEL-25%
During first phase of exploration the consortium drilled an exploratory well in the Block. Gas was encountered at early Eocene level, at an interval of 1482-1485m. Apart from the gas discovery in GK-OSN-2009/1, the exploratory well has also encountered oil in a deeper horizon which is to be tested . The appraisal of the gas discovery is currently underway. The consortium has drilled one appraisal well during the fourth quarter of FY 2016-17, further appraisal locations are being finalized for FY 2017-18.