New Delhi: The consortium of Reliance Industries Ltd, BG Group of UK and Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC) have resumed oil and gas production from Panna-Mukta fields off the Mumbai coast after a month long shutdown following an explosion.
Production, however, is restricted to about half of normal output as repairs will take three weeks.
“We restarted oil and gas production on the evening of 4 July,” an official in the consortium said. The field is producing 18,000-20,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil as against 40,000bpd normal production.
Gas output is restricted to 2.5 million standard cubic meters per day (mscmd) opposed to 5.5mscmd in normal times.
Panna-Mukta oil and gas field was shut on 3 June morning for maintenance work to prepare for the forthcoming monsoon.
However, when the facility was being restarted that evening, an explosion occurred at Panna process platform killing one person.
“We were ready to start oil production around mid-June, but sector regulator, the Director General of Hydrocarbons advised us against doing so because it would have meant flaring of accompanying gas,” the official said.
The damaged facility has been refabricated locally and will be in place by 27 July after which normal output can resume.
“In the meanwhile, we have stepped up gas production from Tapti field. We are currently producing 13.5mscmd gas from Tapti,” he said pointing that the total gas output during normal times from Panna-Mukta and Tapti field was 17.3mscmd.
“Tapti field production will be brought down once full output from Panna-Mukta field resumes,” he said.
Reliance and BG hold 30% stake each in the fields, while the remaining 40% is with ONGC.