A committee under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has given the green signal to Cairn India for undertaking drilling works of 64 exploratory and appraisal wells in KG-OSN-2009/3 block in KG basin at Prakasam and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), while according the environmental clearance, set a few conditions along with other specific and general environmental conditions relevant to the project proposal.
“After examining the facts and detailed deliberations, the committee decided to recommend the proposal for grant of environmental clearance subject to compliance of following conditions along with other specific and general environmental conditions relevant to the project proposal,” the EAC said in the minutes of the meeting released recently.
Cairn India Limited has proposed drilling of 55 exploratory and 11 appraisal wells in KG-OSN-2009/3 block in offshore KG basin. The offshore block in the Bay of Bengal along the coast of Andhra Pradesh is spread over an area of about 1,988 km. The block partly covers the offshore areas of Prakasam and Guntur districts.