India’s domestic crude oil production falls by 3.2% in July 2021

India’s crude oil production continued its declining trend, falling by over 3 per cent in July as state-owned ONGC produced less than its monthly target. The country’s crude oil production declined by 3.2 per cent in July to 2.5 million tonnes when compared with the previous year, and by 3.37 per cent in April-July to 9.9 million tonnes, according to data released by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the nation’s largest oil and gas producer, produced 1.6 million tonnes of crude in July. This was 4.2 per cent lower than last year and 3.8 per cent less than the target of 1.7 million tonnes. During April-July, ONGC’s oil output fell 4.8 per cent to 6.4 million tonnes.

Natural gas production showed a contrasting trend. Helped by KG-D6 fields of Reliance-BP, gas production rose 18.36 per cent year-on-year to 2.9 billion cubic metres (bcm) and by almost 20 per cent in April-July to 11 bcm.

While gas production from ONGC’s fields fell over 10 per cent, output from eastern offshore — where the KG-D6 fields are located — jumped 12-fold to 573.13 million cubic metres. “Increase in gas production is through contributions from D-34 field of block KG-DWN-98/3 (KG-D6), which commenced from December 18, 2020 (and) wells from satellite cluster (commenced with effect from April 25, 2021),” the explanatory note to the data said.

As fuel demand have rebounded, oil refineries processed more crude oil in July. At 19.4 million tonnes, crude processing in July was 9.6 per cent higher than the year-ago period. The crude throughput in July was the highest in three months, as the easing of coronavirus restrictions boosted economic activity and fed demand for fuel.

Public sector refineries processed 5.6 per cent more crude at 11 million tonnes while private refiner Reliance Industries turned 14.4 per cent more crude into fuel. Refineries produced 6.7 per cent more petroleum products in July at 20.7 million tonnes and 13 per cent more in April-July at 80.6 million tonnes. Overall, the refineries operated at 91.34 per cent of their installed capacity.

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