April 3, 2009 12:36:43 am
Reliance gas from Krishna-Godavari D6 field has finally started after repeated shifting of the timelines but there is still no clarity on the gas volumes that would initially be available.
Reliance Industries said in a press statement said that it has commenced production of gas from the Dhirubhai 1 and 3 discoveries of Block D6 and that at peak production,KG-D6 was expected to produce over 550,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. According to Petroleum Ministrys Directorate General of Hydrocarbons: The initial rate of gas production from D1 and D3 may be in the range of 25 to 30 million standard cubic metres per day (MSCMD) from six wells planned for start up and may be ramped up slowly.
However,the ministrys note for the Empowered Group of Ministers meeting says that operator Reliance has informed that the supply is expected to increase by 10 MSCMD every month to reach 40 MSCMD by July 2009.
Similar was the confusion with its gas production date. While Petroleum Minister Murli Deora informed a parliamentary consultative committee in February that supply was likely to begin by April 2009,the DGH,in the same month,had assessed that the first gas could be available from end-February.
The DGH,based on an inspection conducted on January 29,had said that start was held up because of the delay in installing 27 jumper spools that would require about one month time after simultaneously deploying two vessels.
The first gas was scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2008 but production got frequently delayed due to technical glitches. The KG-D6 block in Krishna Godavari basin was awarded to RIL and Niko consortium under NELP-I. RIL holds 90 per cent participating interest and Niko Resources holds 10 per cent participating interest in the block.
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