India”s natural gas production dropped by almost one-fifth in April due to lower offtake by industries during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, according to official data released on Saturday.
Gas output at 2.16 billion cubic metres in April was 18.6 per cent lower than 2.65 bcm production in the same month a year back, data released by the oil ministry showed.
Lower production was due to a 15.3 per cent drop in output by the country”s top producer ONGC at 1.72 bcm.
“The shortfall in gas production (by ONGC) is primarily due to less gas offtake by consumers due to COVID-19 lockdown,” it said.
State-owned Oil India Ltd also produced 10 per cent less natural gas at 202.05 million cubic metres due to “loss of potential in Deohal area (in Assam) due to presence of CO2 in production stream (and) less gas offtake by consumers due to COVID-19 lockdown,” it said.
India”s crude oil production fell 6.35 per cent to 2.5 million tonnes in April for the same reason.