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RIL, BP commence gas production from KG-D6 block off east coast

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Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and British oil and gas major BP on Friday announced the start of production from the R Cluster, ultra-deep-water gas field in KG-D6 block off the east coast of India.

The three ultra-deepwater gas projects in block KG D6 are R Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ. Together they are expected to meet 15 per cent of India’s gas demand by 2023. This is the first in a trio of projects that account for 25 per cent of domestic production of these companies.

RIL is the operator of the KG-D6 block with a 66.67% participating interest and BP holds a 33.33% participating interest.

What did RIL say?

Reliance in an official statement said, “R Cluster is the first of the three projects to come onstream. The field is located about 60 kilometers from the existing KG D6 Control & Riser Platform (CRP) off the Kakinada coast and comprises a subsea production system tied back to CRP via a subsea pipeline. Located at a water depth of greater than 2000 meters, it is the deepest offshore gas field in Asia. The field is expected to reach plateau gas production of about 12.9 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) in 2021.”

Company’s chairman Mukesh Ambani said: “We are proud of our partnership with bp that combines our expertise in commissioning gas projects expeditiously, under some of the most challenging geographical and weather conditions.”

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“This is a significant milestone in India’s energy landscape, for a cleaner and greener gas-based economy. Through our deep-water infrastructure in the Krishna Godavari basin, we expect to produce gas and meet the growing clean energy requirements of the nation.”

What did BP say?

BP Chief Executive Bernard Looney said: “This start-up is another example of the possibility of our partnership with Reliance, bringing the best of both companies to help meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs.”

“Growing India’s own production of cleaner-burning gas to meet a significant portion of its energy demand, these three new KG D6 projects will support the country’s drive to shape and improve its future energy mix.”

Reduced dependence on gas imports

According to the details, the Satellites Cluster— the next project in line—is expected to come onstream in 2021 followed by the MJ project in 2022.

By 2023, the peak gas production from the three fields is expected to be around 30 mmscmd (1 bcf/d) which is expected to be about 25 percent of India’s domestic production and will help in decreasing India’s dependence on imported gas.

 

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