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ONGC in $10-bn plan to make use of gas reserves

business Updated: Nov 02, 2010 21:21 IST

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation plans to invest more than $10 billion in bringing to production gas discoveries off the east coast, its director (exploration) DK Pande said on Tuesday.

ONGC is aiming to develop finds in Krishna Godavari basin through four different projects, he said on the sidelines of the Petrotech-2010 oil and gas conference here.

“We are targeting 25-30 million standard cubic meters per day of natural gas production by 2014-15,” he said.

The major push will come from development of finds in and around block KG-DWN-98/2, which sits next to Reliance Industries’ giant KG-D6 block.

Pande said the block now has 10 gas discoveries and ONGC plans to tie-up nine of these with six gas finds in neighbouring 1G block to produce 20-25 mmsmcd from 2014-15.

“This development will cost $4.5 billion," he said.

Another $5 billion will be needed to develop the ultra-deepsea UD-1 discovery in the KG-DWN-98/2. This discovery will be developed at a later date.

ONGC is in talks with energy majors BP Plc, Exxon Mobil, BG Group and Eni for a strategic tie-up for developing the KG basin discoveries.

It has approached the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons for declaring commerciality of nine discoveries in KG-DWN-98/2.