bp, Reliance Industries begin production from “major” natural gas field offshore India

World Oil Staff June 30, 2023

(WO) – Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp p.l.c. confirmed the commencement of production from the MJ field, following testing and commissioning activities. The MJ field represents the last of three major new deepwater developments the RIL-bp consortium have brought into production in block KG D6 off the east coast of India.

natural gas production site
Courtesy of bp

The start of gas and condensate production from the MJ field follows the start-up of the R-Cluster field in December 2020 and Satellite Cluster in April 2021. All three developments utilize the existing hub infrastructure for the block.

Together, the three fields are expected to produce around 30 MMcmgd gas a day (1 Bcfd) when MJ field reaches peak production. This is expected to account for around one third of India’s current domestic natural gas production and meet approximately 15% of India’s demand.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited said, “Alongside the other KG D6 fields, the MJ development truly supports the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Energy vision’ laid out by the Government of India.”

Discovered in 2013 and sanctioned in 2019, the MJ field is located in water depths of up to 1,200 meters, about 30 kilometers from the existing onshore terminal at Gadimoga on the east coast of India. 

MJ is a high Pressure and high Temperature (HPHT), gas & condensate field.  The field will produce from eight wells and reach a peak gas production of around 12 MMSCMD gas and 25,000 barrels of condensate per day.

The development includes a new Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel – the Ruby – to process and separate the condensate, gas, water, and impurities, before sending the gas onshore for sale. Condensate is stored on the FPSO before being offloaded to shuttle tankers for supply to Indian refineries.

RIL is the operator of the KG D6 block with a 66.67% participating interest and bp holds a 33.33% participating interest.

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