India says natural gas production in November 4 pct lower year-on-year

India said its natural gas production in November was 2716.200 MMSCM — 7.27 percent lower than the target for the month and 3.92 percent lower than the production during corresponding period of last year.

A government statement, releasing the latest data, said cumulative natural gas production during April-November 2015 was 21960.009 MMSCM, which is 5.93 percent lower than the target for the period and 2.33 percent lower than the production during corresponding period of last year.

The statement saod ONGC’s production in November fell 11 percent lower than the target and nearly 4 percent lower than in the same period last year to 1776.830 ONGC’s cumulative natural gas production during April-November, 2015 was 14453.152 MMSCM. It gave the following reasons for the shortfall:

  • Eastern Offshore: Delay in commencement of production from one deep water well. Closure of both the deep water wells of G1 field (G1-10 & 11) due to problem with the sub-sea Master Control system. Production resumed from both the wells in end November/ beginning December, 2015.
  • Offshore, Bassein & Satelite: Less production from new well/side-track wells and decline in Bassein  fields
  • Gujarat, Ahmedabad: Closure of wells due to unplanned shut down of GAIL Gas line from Ahmedabad/Kalol to Ramol. Decline in associated gas production in South Kadi & Gamji fields
  • Andhra Pradesh, Rajahmundry: Closure of 42 wells due to repair of GAIL pipelines in Tatipaka-Lanco & Endamaru-Oduru sections.
  • Assam: Decline in associated gas production in Geleki & Lakwa fields
  • Tripura: Less off take by consumers due to operational issues.
  • Tamilnadu, Cauvery: Closure of wells due to less off-take by consumers in Ramnad area in Karaikal.

OIL’s production was 255.660 MMSCM, which is 0.70 percent lower than the target for the month and 9.50 percent higher than the production achieved in the corresponding month of last year, the statement said. OIL’s cumulative natural gas production during April-November, 2015 was 1853.959 MMSCM which is 7.83% lower than the cumulative target and 1.52% higher than the production during the corresponding period of last year. The shortfall was mainly:

  • Due to low uplifitment by Lakwa Thermal Power Station and Brahmaputra Crackers & Polymers Limited.
  • Issues related to land acquisition delayed movement of rigs to proposed forward locations.
  • In KG Basin, the drilling of 1stHPHT well could not start due to resistance by local villagers on Rig movement over Vivekananda Bridge. However, with OIL’s continuous efforts and liaison with Local and Govt Authority, rig movement has started on 31.10.2015.
  • The areas planned for seismic survey during the year 2015-16 in Assam and AP are mostly in very low lying catchment areas of river Brahmaputra which were flooded from April to June, 2015 due to early onset of monsoon in the area. The post monsoon operation will start from mid-December, 2015 as the water level in the area has receded now.

Production by private and joint venture companies at 683.710 MMSCM was 1 percent higher than the monthly target but 8.4 percent lower than the production achieved in the corresponding month of last year. The main reasons, according to the statement, were:

  • RIL (KG-D6): Underperformance of MA wells.
  • JV of BG, RIL & ONGC (M&S Tapti): Operator proposed for field abandonment.
  • Cairn (CB-OS/2 & Ravva): Decline in gas production
  • GSPC (KG-OSN-2001/3): Decline in gas production
  • CBM: Extended dewatering in Raniganj South (GEECL), Delayed forest clearance in Raniganj East (Essar).

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