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Reliance and bp start up KG D6 Satellites deepwater gas field in India; 2nd of 3 developments expected to meet ~15% of India gas demand

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp have started production from the Satellite Cluster gas field in block KG D6 off the east coast of India. The Satellites project will be developed as a five-well subsea tie-back to the existing control and riser platform off Block KG D6.

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 Satellite Cluster is the second of the three developments to come onstream, following the start-up of R Cluster in December 2020. 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 1850 meters (6,070 feet). RIL is the operator of the block with a 66.67% participating interest and bp holds a 33.33% participating interest.

The field will produce gas from four reservoirs utilizing a total of five wells and is expected to reach gas production of up to 6 mmscmd. Together, the R Cluster and Satellite Cluster are expected to produce about 20% of India’s current gas production.

The third KG D6 development, MJ, is expected to come onstream towards the latter half of 2022.

RIL is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of INR 659,205 crore ($87.1 billion), cash profit of INR 71,446 crore ($9.4 billion), and net profit of INR 39,880 crore ($5.3 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2020. 

RIL’s activities span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and digital services.


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