As Reliance Industries and its partner BP plc of the UK are working together, they may have been able to arrest the steep decline in output from their main gas field in the eastern offshore KG-D6 fields. Sources in the Union Oil Ministry said that it was anticipated that the production from KG-D6 will drop to about 11 million standard cubic meters per day by October but that is not happening. The output is around 13.4 mmscmd and is unlikely to drop below 13 mmscmd, the sources added.
As RIL-BP do repair work to revive six out of the nine wells on Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1&D3) fields that were shut due to high water and sand ingress, production is likely to begin rising by the end of this year and may increase to 16 mmscmd by 2015, the government is expecting. D1&D3 output had fallen to about 10 mmscmd while gas production from MA field, which had hit a peak of 6.78 mmscmd in January 2012, had fallen to just 3.48 mmscmd.
A $662 million production work programme has already been approved by the oil regulator DGH and budget for 2013-14, which includes six work over jobs in the d1&D3 fields. Remedial measures for managing water production in these fields form a major component to the budget.