RIL to invest $5 b in reversing KG-D6 output fall

RIL to invest $5 b in reversing KG-D6 output fall

With gas output from its flagship KG-D6 fields dipping to an all-time low, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has said the company will invest over $5 billion in "a series of projects" to reverse the trend.

RIL and its British partner BP have submitted to the government plans to bring to production satellite fields in the eastern offshore KG basin block to raise output that has plummeted to less than 16 million standard cubic meters per day from about 64 mmscmd achieved three years ago.

"We are planning to invest in a series of projects to develop around 4 trillion cubic feet of discovered natural gas resources from the block," Ambani said in the company's annual report for 2012-13.

While RIL-BP have planned various activities including work-overs, side tracks and compressor addition to maximise recovery from the existing wells, new production would be added in 4-5 years using existing infrastructure, he said.

"The field development plan for the R-Series project (in the KG-D6 block) has been submitted to the Government of India for approval. This along with other projects is expected to add incremental production in the next four to five years," he said. RIL has discovered 18 gas fields in KG-D6 block. Of these, only two (Dhirubhai-1 and 3) have been put to production. Satellite fields are now being planned to be developed.

"We believe gas from these projects will deliver energy to millions of Indians and would significantly help India in reducing import dependence," Ambani added. RIL said average production from KG-D6 block during 2012-13 was 26 mmscmd of gas and 9,225 barrels of oil per day.

"The fall in production is mainly attributed to geological complexity, natural decline in the fields and higher than envisaged water ingress," the annual report said.

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