New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has completed turnaround of its production facility at an oil field in its showpiece KG-D6 block off the Andhra coast.
RIL had on July 31 taken a 12-day maintenance shutdown to upgrade a compressor in the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit operating on the MA oilfield.
The upgrade was completed on Tuesday and Wednesday the field is back to its normal production level, industry sources said.
MA oilfield produces a little less than 15,000 barrels per day of oil and about 7.6 million standard cubic meters per day of natural gas from the five wells.
Gas output was shutdown completely for only one day, they said adding production was down about 3 mmscmd during the rest of the period.
The wells had not been shutdown and they continued to produce at almost normal rate, sources said.
KG-D6 block, which besides MA oilfield, also includes the gigantic Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) gas fields, is producing near normal levels of about 46 mmscmd of gas Wednesday.
Sources said the maintenance work was to last 12-14 days and gas production from MA field was to be shut for 36-48 hours. But the shutdown period had been curtailed and the field was back to normal a day ahead of the schedule.
Sources said wells in the MA field had not been shutdown during the maintenance of FPSO, which pumps out oil from the field. The wells continued to produce oil and gas.
The Krishna Godavari basin Block KG-DWN-98/3 (D6) has 19 oil and gas finds. Of these, the largest, Dhirubhai-1 and 3 finds and an oil field, MA, have been put into production.
The present output is just enough to meet the contracted demand of core sectors -- 15.35 mmscmd of fertiliser units, 29 mmscmd of power plants, 0.65 mmscmd of city gas distribution firms and 2.59 mmscmd to LPG plants.
Sources said in May, the oil ministry had directed that production from KG-D6 will first go to meet the contracted demand of core users. If any gas is left after that, it can go to non-core sectors like petrochemicals, refineries and steel.
In event of output falling below what has been allocated to core users, fuel will first be supplied to fertiliser plants to their full requirement, then to LPG plants, power and lastly to city gas users.
First Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 17:56