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RIL cuts KG-D6 gas field reserves by 70% to 3.10 Tcf: Government

DGH has attributed the fall in output to 'non-drilling of the required number of gas producer wells in D1&D3 fields by the contract in line with the addendum to initial development plan, the minister said

New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has slashed natural gas reserves in its main production gas fields in the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin D6 block by 70% to 3.10 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) due to 'unforeseen geological surprises', reports PTI.


Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas RPN Singh told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that RIL had estimated 10.3 Tcf of recoverable reserves in the Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1&D3) gas field in the KG-D6 block.


"Subsequently, the contractor (RIL) revised the estimates of recoverable reserves of D1&D3 fields as 3.10 Tcf," he said.


D1&D3, the biggest of the 18 finds RIL has made in the deep-sea block in Bay of Bengal, had begun production in April 2009 and had produced 2 Tcf of gas during past three years.


MA oilfield in the same KG-D6 block was estimated to hold 681.4 Billion cubic feet (Bcf) of recoverable gas reserves and RIL has now revised the numbers to 788 Bcf, he said.


Singh said the block KG-DWN-98/3 or KG-D6 produced 15.106 bcm of gas in 2009-10 which rose to 20.4 bcm in 2010-11. But in the subsequent year, it fell to 15.611 bcm.


The fall in output was because one-third of the 18 gas producer wells in D1&D3 fields 'ceased to produce gas due to water/sand ingress in well bores', he said, adding on MA field, two of the six wells had ceased due to same reasons.


"The operator (RIL) has attributed lower gas production as compared to approved plan from D1&D3 fields to unforeseen geological surprises and reservoir," Singh said.


The Directorate General of Hydrocarbon has attributed the fall in output to "non-drilling of the required number of gas producer wells in D1&D3 fields by the contract in line with the Addendum to Initial Development Plan (AIDP)," he said.


In the AIDP, RIL had committed to drill 31 wells and produce 80 million standard cubic meters per day of gas by this time of the year. But, output is currently less than 29 mmscmd.



anantha ramdas

4 years ago

If 31 wells had to be drilled to produce 80 mscmd, and only 18 have been done, can the RIL explain as to why it did not go ahead and drill the balance 13?

Is there is a guarantee that if these 13 wells had been drilled, they could have obtained the target of 80mscmd?

What were the obstacles that came in the way of RIL going through the process of drilling these wells?

Their clarification in these would be appreciated.

India’s industrial output falls by 1.8% in June, down 0.1% in Q1

The industrial growth rate for May 2012 has been revised to 2.53% upwards, from the provisional estimates of 2.4%

New Delhi: India’s industrial production has declined by 1.8% in June, mainly due to poor show by the manufacturing and capital goods sectors, indicating a persistent slowdown in the economy, reports PTI.

According to the official data released on Thursday, industrial output in the April-June quarter too contracted by 0.1% this fiscal.

Growth in factory output, as measured by the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), was 9.5% in June and 6.9% in April-June quarter in 2011-12.

Chandrajit Banerjee, director general, CII, said, "The June 2012 IIP numbers are disappointing and are a cause for serious concern. The IIP growth for June clearly points to a deepening industrial slowdown which could have a long lasting effect on the economy. CII has been highlighting this issue for the last few months. The situation calls for urgent policy measures both by RBI as well as the Government to salvage industry from further decline in industrial output."

The manufacturing sector, which constitutes over 75% of the index, witnessed a slump in output by dismal 3.2% in June against a growth of 11.1% in June last year.

The performance of the manufacturing sector was not persistent in April-June quarter also as the output declined by 0.7% against a growth of 7.7% in the three-month period a year ago.

The capital goods production also declined by a massive 27.9% in June against a growth rate of 38.7% a year ago.

The output of these goods contracted in April-June period by 19.6% against a growth of 17% in 2011-12.

Meanwhile, the industrial growth rate for May 2012 has been revised to 2.53% upwards, from the provisional estimates of 2.4% reported earlier.

Mining output in June saw a growth by just 0.6% against a contraction of 1.4% in the same month last year.

The sector’s production in April-June quarter declined by 1.1% compared to a growth of 0.6% in 2011-12.

Consumer goods production grew by 3.5% in June as compared to 3.1% growth in June last year.

During the first quarter of this fiscal, the growth in the segment was 4% as compared to 4.4% in the three month period a year ago.

Consumer durables production showed a faster growth rate of 9.1% in June compared to 1.6% in June last year. The output of these goods registered a growth of 8% in April-June quarter this fiscal as against 2.7% in the same period in 2011-12.

The consumer non-durables segment output declined by 0.1% in June as against a growth of 4.3% in the same month a year ago. This segment grew by 0.7% in first quarter this fiscal as against 5.9% in 2011-12.

The basic goods production growth slowed to 4.1% in June as compared 7.8% last year. During the first quarter this segment recorded a growth of 3.5% as compared to 7.5% a year ago.

Power generation witnessed a growth of 8.8% during June compared to 8% in June last year.
Electricity generation increased by 6.4% in the first quarter of this fiscal as against 8.3% in the same period in 2011-12.

In all, out of 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector, 14 of them showed growth in June.


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