India’s natural gas production increased marginally in November

New Delhi: India’s domestic natural gas production increased marginally by 0.62 per cent to 2,731.79 million standard cubic meter (MMSCM) in November 2018, as compared to the corresponding month a year ago. This was primarily due to increase in production from oil and gas fields operated by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

India’s domestic natural gas production in November 2017 stood at 2,714.86 MMSCM.

Cumulatively, India’s natural gas production during the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 fell 0.69 per cent to 21,783.74 MMSCM, as compared to 21,936.16 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago. The fall was due to lower natural gas production from fields operated by government-owned Oil India and private operators/joint ventures.

ONGC
ONGC, India’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, witnessed its natural gas production increase 6.84 per cent to 2,091.44 MMSCM in November due to increase in production from its offshore and onshore fields.

ONGC’s natural gas production from offshore fields increased 8.59 per cent to 1,617.54 MMSCM in November, as compared to 1,489.56 MMSCM produced in the corresponding month a year ago.

The company’s natural gas production from onshore fields increased marginally by 1.25 per cent to 473.89 MMSCM in November, as compared to 468.02 MMSCM produced in the corresponding month a year ago.

Cumulatively, ONGC’s natural gas production during the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 increased 3.64 per cent to 16,219.29 MMSCM as compared to 15,650.38 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago, because of increase in production from the company’s offshore fields.

According to information published on the oil ministry’s website, ONGC’s natural gas production witnessed a shortfall against the monthly November target due to: Restricted gas production from eastern offshore, less than planned production from WO-16 and B-127 fields due to the absence of mobile offshore production units, Sagar Samrat and Sagar Laxmi, and decline of pressure/potential in GS-4 gas cap reservoir in Gandhar.

Oil India
Oil India’s natural gas production in November declined 3.66 per cent to 226.88 MMSCM, as compared to 235.50 MMSCM produced in the corresponding month a year ago. The decline was due to lower production from the company’s fields in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Cumulatively, Oil India’s natural gas production in the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 declined 6.73 per cent to 1,828.14 MMSCM, as compared to 1,960.01 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago.

According to oil ministry’s website the decline in Oil India’s natural gas production could be attributed to lower gas production potential because of loss of production from few high production wells in Deohal area (corrosion due to carbon dioxide).

Private operators/joint ventures

Natural gas production from fields operated by private operators as well by joint ventures (JVs) declined 20.76 per cent to 413.47 MMSCM in November, as compared to 521.80 MMSCM produced in the corresponding month a year ago. The decline was due to decline in coal-bed methane (CBM) production and also from offshore fields.

Natural gas production from fields operated by private operators/JVs in the April-November period of financial year 2018-2019 declined 13.63 per cent to 3,736.31 MMSCM, as compared to 4,325.78 MMSCM produced in the corresponding period a year ago.

According to oil ministry’s website, the decline in production could be attributed to: Under-performance of CBM wells at RIL’s Sohagpur west due to constraints imposed by IFFCO on CBM off-take, less off-take by buyer from Focus Energy’s RJ-ON/6 block as well as low gas production due to stuck up in two wells.

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