• Reliance Industries close to starting gas production from CBM blocks in MP

    Reliance Industries is on the verge of starting commercial production of natural gas from its coal-bed methane (CBM) blocks in Madhya Pradesh. In a presentation to analysts post April-June earnings announcement, RIL said test gas production from Phase-1 facilities of Sohagpur-West block has commenced while the pipeline that will take the fuel to the consumers is under testing and pre-commissioning. Initial output is likely to be one million standard cubic meters per day of gas. A peak production of 3.5 mmscmd is envisaged from the two Sohagpur blocks in the state.

    RIL holds 3 CBM blocks — 495 square kilometer Sohagpur (East) and 500 sq km Sohagpur (West) in Madhya Pradesh and Sonhat in Chhattisgarh. “Test gas production from Phase I facilities of Sohagpur West Block has commenced from GGS 11 (Gas Gathering Station) and 107 well-sites,” RIL said. Phase-1 development envisages drilling and completion of 229 wells and installation of 2 gas gathering stations (GGS). RIL, through its subsidiary Reliance Gas Pipelines Ltd, is laying a 312-km pipeline to transport coal gas (CBM) produced from Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh to Phulpur near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. “Testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning activities are in progress for Shahdol-Phulpur pipeline,” RIL said.

    The pipeline will have a capacity to transport 4.3 million standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd) of gas, including 0.875 mmscmd capacity that will be available for any third party for open access on non-discriminatory basis. The pipeline will travel from Shahdol to Jaysing Nagar- Beohari-Gurh and culminate at Phulpur. At Phulpur, the pipeline may be hooked into state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd’s main Hazira-Vijaypur-Jagdishpur trunk gas pipeline.  Michael Raffl Jersey

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