Oil exploration in the Mannar basin continues as per the work schedule. The tenders for more blocks in the Mannar basin will be finalized by January end.
“We are heading for the drilling process. The work will commence on July 1 after the completion of the ground work. We are in the process of carrying out the necessary studies,” Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat Director-General Dr Neil de Silva told Daily News Business.
The selection of a marketing consultant will be done once the bidding process is finalized where the marketing of more exploration blocks at the Mannar basin will be carried out.
“We are in search of a suitable candidate and the bids will be evaluated after the deadline which is also in end of January,” he said.
Cairns Lanka is securing necessary goods and services for drilling purposes. The work is progressing well.
The company which undertook drilling of three wells in the Mannar basin is finalizing the contracts for supply services to commence drilling.
Cairns Lanka called for sub contractors for services such as off-shore supply vessels, services related to drilling tools, well testing services, weather forecasting services, supply of fuel and water and ambulance service. There are 37 items listed for service contacts.