Reliance, BP start second gas field off India
Reliance Industries (RIL) and UK major BP have started production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India, the companies said on April 26. The Satellite Cluster is the second of the three developments to come onstream, following the start-up of R Cluster in December 2020.
RIL and BP are developing three deepwater gas projects at KG D6 – R Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ – which together are expected to meet about 15% of India’s gas demand by 2023. These projects will utilise the existing hub infrastructure in KG D6 block. RIL is the operator with a 66.67% participating interest and BP holds a 33.33% participating interest.
The Satellite Cluster is located about 60 km from the existing onshore terminal at Kakinada on the east coast of India in water depths of up to 1850 m.
The field will produce gas from four reservoirs utilising a total of five wells and is expected to reach gas production of up to 6mn m3/day. Together, the R Cluster and Satellite Cluster are expected to contribute to about 20% of India’s current gas production, RIL said.
The third KG D6 development, MJ, is expected to come onstream towards the latter half of 2022.