Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP announced on Friday the start of production from the R Cluster, an ultra-deep water gas field in the KG-D6 block off the east coast of India.
RIL and BP are developing three deep-sea gas projects in the KG-D6 block – R Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ – which together are expected to meet 15% of India’s gas demand by 2023.
RIL is the operator of the KG-D6 block with a 66.67% stake and BP holds a 33.33% stake.
“R Cluster is the first of three projects to go into operation. The field is located approximately 60 kilometers from the existing KG D6 Control & Riser Platform (CRP) off the coast of Kakinada and includes a CRP-linked subsea production system. via a gas pipeline submarine. Located at a water depth of more than 2,000 meters, it is the deepest offshore gas field in Asia. The field is expected to reach plateau gas production of approximately 12.9 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) in 2021, “RIL said in an official statement.
“We are proud of our partnership with bp which combines our experience in the rapid commissioning of gas projects, in some of the most difficult geographical and weather conditions. This is a significant milestone in the Indian energy landscape, for a cleaner and greener gas-based economy. Through our deepwater infrastructure in the Krishna Godavari Basin we expect to produce gas and meet the nation’s growing clean energy needs, ”said Mukesh Ambani, President and CEO of Reliance Industries Limited.
“This start-up is another example of the possibility of our partnership with Reliance, bringing the best of both companies to help meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs. By boosting India’s cleaner combustion gas production to meet a significant portion of its energy demand, these three new KG D6 projects will support the country’s drive to shape and improve its future energy mix, “said Bernard Looney, CEO by BP.
The next project, the satellite cluster, is expected to go live in 2021, followed by the MJ project in 2022.
Peak gas production from the three fields is expected to be around 30 mmscmd (1 bcf / d) by 2023, which is expected to be around 25% of India’s domestic production and will help reduce the country’s dependence on imported gas.
RIL’s flagship D1 / D3 gas field in the KG-D6 block ceased gas production in February after being put into production in April 2009.
Production from the field began to decline from April 2010 after reaching a peak of 61.43 (mmcmd) in March 2010. RIL had an estimated 10 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, but due to the complexity of the deposit and the ingress of sand and water, production decreased. Last quarter, the field produced an average of just 1.5mmcmd.
In September 2018 it closed its only oil field (MA field) in block D6 due to lack of production.