India-based Reliance Industries along with its partners BP and NIKO has discovered gas and condensate during the drilling of KGD6-MJ1 well on KG D6 block, located off the eastern coast of the country.

The block is located in the Krishna River and Godavari River basins in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Reliance has named the new discovery, D-55, and has notified to the Government of India (GoI) and the Management Committee of the block.

The well was drilled in a water depth of 1,024m and to a total depth of 4,509m to explore the prospects of a Mesozoic Synrift Clastic reservoir lying over 2,000m below the already producing reservoirs in the D1-D3 gas fields.

The formation evaluation indicates a gross gas and condensate column in the well of about 155m in the Mesozoic reservoirs.

In the drill stem test, the well flowed at 30.6 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) and liquid rate of 2,121 barrels a day with a choke of 36/64" with a flowing bottom hole pressure of 8461 psia indicating good flow potential.

Reliance Industries executive director PMS Prasad said, "This is a successful outcome of the combined exploration efforts of the Joint Venture partners with the active support of the GoI."

NIKO holds 10% stake in the block, BP owns 30%, while Reliance as the operator holds 60% interest.