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Cairn-ONGC starts oil output from Aishwariya field

The Cairn-ONGC Joint Venture (JV) has commenced production from the Aishwariya field, the third largest discovery in Rajasthan Block RJ-ON-90/1. The field will achieve a gradual and safe ramp-up to reach the currently approved FDP rate of 10,000 bopd.

Outout from the Aishwariya field was inaugurated by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dr M Veerappa Moily in Barmer, Rajasthan. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Union Minister of State of Petroleum and Natural Gas P Lakshmi were also present on he occasion.

The Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwariya (MBA) fields have gross recoverable oil reserves and resources of approximately 1 billion barrels. Production from the Rajasthan Block currently contributes more than 23 per cent of India’s domestic production. 'Commencing production from the Aishwariya field is another major milestone in the journey to unlock the full potential of world class Barmer basin. We have worked closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the project is delivered on time,' said Cairn India Board Member P Elango.

'The production will be gradually ramped up to 10,000 bbl/day and this will further reduce the nation’s import bill,' he added.

'Our gross Rajasthan development investment to date is more than Rs 18,000 crore and we intend to invest over Rs 6,000 crore in exploration and development activities during the next financial year (2013-14),' he informed.


JV LAUNCHES GAS SALES FROM RAJASTHAN BLOCK


The Cairn-ONGC joint venture (JV) commenced commercial sale of gas from the Rajasthan Block (RJ-ON-90/1), with the initial commercial volume being about 5 mmscf per day. The gas sales was inaugurated by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dr M Veerappa Moily in Barmer in the presence of the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlotand Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas P Lakshmi.

The RJ-ON-90/1 block currently produces about 30 mmscf of gas per day from the Raageshwari Deep Gas field and as associated gas along with crude oil from the Mangala and Bhagyam fields. This production is currently being used to meet the energy requirements at the Mangala processing terminal and the 600 km crude oil pipeline primarily for the purpose of heating the waxy crude produced from the block.

Following government’s decision to allow exploration, Cairn-ONGC joint venture has commenced drilling of the first exploration well in the prolific Barmer Basin after a gap of more than five years.

'We are delighted to commence gas sales from Rajasthan for the first time. We have been using the gas produced from Rajasthan block for internal operations and today we have commercialized it,' said Cairn India Board Member P Elango.

'The Rajasthan block has unexplored potential for both oil and gas and the recent government decision for further exploration enables us to explore more and produce more. Oil has emerged as the largest source of non tax-revenue for the Rajasthan government,' he pointed out.

Later on Sunday, Moily pointed out at the National Editors’ Conference that China has seen a doubling of gas production in six years (2005-2011) while the USA has seen a 10-fold increase in shale gas production over the last six years. Like these two countries, which are the world’s largest and second highest hydrocarbon consumers, India too has the potential change its energy landscape in a short span, the minister opined.
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