New Delhi: Reliance Industries will begin natural gas production at its prolific eastern offshore Krishna Godavari basin KG-D6 fields in the first week of April, Petroleum Secretary R S Pandey said on Tuesday.
“I am told that Reliance will start production in early April, (meaning) the first week of April,” he said on sidelines of a conference here.
KG-D6, which holds the promise of doubling natural gas availability in the country when it hits a peak output of 80 million standard cubic metres per day in one and a half years, would start with 5-10 mmscmd and ramp it up to 40 mmscmd by July.
Pandey said Reliance would sign gas sales contracts with fertiliser companies, its first customers, in the next few days.
“I have been told by the Department of Fertiliser and the supplier Reliance that they have almost finalised the agreement and (the Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement) will be signed in the next few days,” he said.
Asked if the Government had plans to change the allocation of KG-D6 gas, Pandey said the priority list decided by an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGOM) will not be altered.