NEW DELHI : State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Friday reported halving of its December quarter net profit after it faced the double whammy of falling oil and gas prices and a drop in production.

Standalone net profit in October-December at 4,152 crore was 49.8% lower than 8,263 crore net profit in the same period of the previous fiscal, the company said in a statement.

The firm got 10% lower price at $59.73 for the crude oil it produced and 4 per cent lower rate for natural gas at $3.23 per million British thermal unit.

Lower oil prices led to revenues dropping 14.4 per cent to 23,710 crore in the third quarter of current fiscal.

ONGC said oil production was 1 per cent lower at 4.82 million tonnes in the October-December quarter, while gas output saw 8.4% reduction at 5.875 billion cubic metres.

It did not give reasons for the drop in production. Most of the fields it operates are old and are well past their prime. A natural decline in production has set in fields such as Mumbai High and Bassein in western offshore.

ONGC said it has made 10 discoveries of oil and gas in the current fiscal. These include six new prospects and four extensions of previous finds.

The discoveries include oil and gas finds in Mumbai High and a gas discovery in KG Onland block.

For April-December, the company reported a 28 per cent drop in net profit to 16,319 crore and a near 10% fall in revenues to 82,896 crore.

Consolidated profit, after including earnings of listed subsidiaries such as Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd, was 43.7 per cent lower at 5,384 crore in October-December and 35 per cent lower at 17,913 crore in April-December 2019.

Revenues were 6.7 per cent lower at 109,443 crore in the third quarter and 6 per cent lower at 3,20,512 crore in the first nine months of current fiscal.

Both HPCL and MRPL are listed and their earnings are reported separately.

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