Hardy Oil and Gas has begun drilling of the third exploration well on the D9 exploration license located in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin on the East Coast of India.

The well is being drilled with the Transocean drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 in a water depth of approximately 2,700 meters.

The target depth of the well, which aims to explore the hydrocarbon potential of Early and Late Miocene Channel Fan Complex, is 4,875-meter MDRT.

The minimum work program at the D9 license includes the drilling of four exploration wells.

Hardy holds a 10% participating interest in the license that covers an area of approximately 8,700 square kilometers and Reliance Industries is its operator.