Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) started production from Satellite Cluster gas field in Block KG D6 off the east coast of India. The field lies 60 km from the existing onshore terminal at Kakinada in water depths of up to 1,850 m.
Satellite cluster is the second of the three developments to come onstream, following start-up of R-Cluster in December 2020 (OGJ Online, Dec. 22, 2020). Originally scheduled to start production in mid-2021, the field will produce gas from four reservoirs using a total of five wells. It is expected to produce up to 6 million std cu m/d (MMscmd).
Combined with MJ, the third deepwater gas development in the block, some 30 MMscmd total production is expected by 2023, meeting up to 15% of India’s gas demand. The developments will each use existing hub infrastructure in the block. MJ is expected to come onstream near second-half 2022.
RIL is operator of the block with 66.67% interest. BP the remainder.