Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and bp on Friday announced the start of production from the R Cluster, an ultra-deep-water gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India.

RIL and bp are developing three deepwater gas projects in block KG D6 – R Cluster, Satellites Cluster, and MJ — which together are expected to meet approximately 15 percent of India’s gas demand by 2023. These projects will utilize the existing hub infrastructure in the KG D6 block. RIL is the operator of KG D6 with a 66.67 percent participating interest and bp holds a 33.33 percent participating interest.

R Cluster is the first of the three projects to come onstream. The field is located about 60 km from the existing KG D6 Control and Riser Platform (CRP) off the Kakinada coast and comprises a sub-sea production system tied back to CRP via a sub-sea pipeline.
Located at a water depth of greater than 2000 meters, it is the deepest offshore gas field in Asia. The field is expected to reach plateau gas production of about 12.9 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) in 2021.

“We are proud of our partnership with bp that combines our expertise in commissioning gas projects expeditiously under some of the most challenging geographical and weather conditions,” said RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani.

This is a significant milestone in India’s energy landscape for a cleaner and greener gas-based economy. Through our deep-water infrastructure in the Krishna Godavari basin we expect to produce gas and meet the growing clean energy requirements of the nation,” he said in a statement.

bp Chief Executive Bernard Looney said this start-up is another example of the possibility of a partnership with Reliance, bringing the best of both companies to help meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs.
Growing India’s own production of cleaner-burning gas to meet a significant portion of its energy demand, these three new KG D6 projects will support the country’s drive to shape and improve its future energy mix,” he said.

RIL said that the next project, the Satellites Cluster, is expected to come onstream in 2021 followed by the MJ project in 2022.
According to estimates, peak gas production from the three fields is expected to be around 30 mmscmd (1 bcf/d) by 2023 which is expected to be about 25 percent of India’s domestic production and will help reduce the country’s dependence on imported gas.

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