Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and BP on Monday announced the start of production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in block KG-D6 off the east coast, aiding the country’s gas production.
RIL and BP have been developing three deep-water gas developments in block KG-D6 — R-Cluster, Satellite Cluster and MJ — which together are expected to produce around 30 mmscmd (1 billion cubic feet a day) of natural gas by 2023, meeting up to 15% of India’s gas demand.
The developments will each utilise the existing hub infrastructure in the KG-D6 block. RIL is the operator of the block with a 66.67% participating interest and BP holds a 33.33% participating interest.
The Satellite Cluster was the second of the three developments to come onstream, following the start-up of R-Cluster in December 2020, the partners said.
It had originally been scheduled to start production in mid-2021. The field is located about 60 km from the existing onshore terminal at Kakinada on the east coast of India in water depths of up to 1,850 m, they added.