Gas output from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd's (RIL) KG-D6 gas fields has plummeted to an all time low of 19.4 million metric standard cubic meters (mmscmd) of gas per day thereby dipping below the crucial level of 20 mmscmd.
The latest status report of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) to the petroleum ministry, giving the average weekly gas sales projection from KG-D6 block, says: "the contractor (RIL) has made the projection for gas sales from KG-D6 block for the week commencing from 11th February 2013 at 19.4 mmscmd."
RIL has so far made one oil and 18 gas discoveries in the Krishna Godavari basin block in Bay of Bengal. While the lone oilfield MA went on stream in September 2008, largest among the gas finds D1 and D3 were put on production in April, 2009.
In the main gas producing fields - D1 and D3 - RIL has informed that it has so far drilled 18 wells, out of which 10 were on production and 8 were kept closed due to high water cut/sanding issues.
In the MA oilfield, which also produces associated gas, so far 6 wells (5 oil producers and 1 gas injection cum gas producer) were drilled, completed and put on production. At present, 4 wells are on production and 2 oil wells, namely, MA-6H & MA-7H, have been shut due to water logging.
The 19.4 mmscmd is also lowest level since D1 and D3 started production in April 2009. Gas production from the KG-D6 block had dropped to 20.88 mmscmd last month. The output has fallen from 22.04 mmscmd in December end, when D1 and D3 produced 17.66 mmscmd and MA 4.38 mmscmd.
The gas production from D1 and D3 had touched a peak of 55 mmscmd in August 2010 before beginning of water and sand ingress in wells.
The average gas sales from KG-D6 block during the period February 4 to February 10th was about 18.32 mmscmd, out of which about 14.03 mmscmd was sold to fertiliser plants and 1.39 mmscmd to power plants. The remaining 2.90 MMSCMD gas was consumed by other sectors such as LPG, including system use gas consumption/line pack for RGTIL gas transportation pipeline.
RIL has further informed that the average gas sales has been less than usual in this week due to power shutdown in D1 and D3 field on February 5 for 5 hours and subsequent time being taken for normalisation of wells and gradual ramp-up throughout the week.