Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has reported that natural gas production at its eastern offshore KG-D6 fields dropped to less than 15 million standard cubic metres per day, the lowest level since starting output in April 2009.
RIL produced a total of 14.83 mmscmd from Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1&D3) gas fields and MA oil and gas field in the KG-DWN-98/3 or KG-D6 block in Bay of Bengal in the week ended May 26, according to a status report of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH).
RIL has shut half of the 18 wells on D1&D3 field due to high water and sand ingress and a third of six wells on MA field due to the same reason.
The report said D1&D3 fields produced 11.05 mmscmd of gas while the rest came from MA field. Output at D1&D3 field has dropped from 12.35 mmscmd in March and 11.85 mmscmd in April.
MA field produced an average of 5,709 barrels of oil in the week ending May 26. RIL has so far drilled 22 wells on D1&D3 fields but has put only 18 on production so far. Half of these wells are now shut.