Cairn Energy has announced that the government of India has approved a further declaration of commerciality for the Kameshwari West 2, 3 and 6 discoveries in the Rajasthan license RJ-ON-90/1 in northwest India, along with a new development area of 822sqkm which was part of the Northern Appraisal Area.

According to the company, the Kameshwari West 2 and 3 discoveries have opened up a new play in the Barmer Hill/Lower Dharvi Dungar sands on the western margin of the Rajasthan Basin.

Cairn India, a unit of Cairn Energy, and its joint venture partner Oil and Natural Gas Corporation now have 3,111sqkm under long-term contract in the Rajasthan license, of which the main Mangala field development plan (FDP) covers 1,859sqkm, while the Bhagyam FDP covers 430sqkm.

Rahul Dhir, managing director and CEO of Cairn India, said: Cairn India is delighted to have secured the approval for declaration of commerciality of this area from the government of India. It will enable us to develop the discoveries and access the area for further exploitation of additional resources.

Cairn Energy is an independent, public oil and gas exploration and production company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. On 9 January 2007, Cairn concluded the flotation of its Indian business with the commencement of trading of Cairn India Limited. Cairn Energy PLC currently holds a 69.5% interest in Cairn India Limited.