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Sarraf powers ONGC to 10% output rise in western fields

In a turnaround, state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has reported a 10 per cent jump in crude oil production from its western offshore fields this fiscal, reversing the downward slide of past few years. The nation's largest oil and gas producer wants to take advantage of multi-year low oil prices to aggressively acquire oil and gas fields in the US, Russia, Central Asia and Africa so as to meet its 20 million tons oil equivalent target from overseas assets by 2018.

‘Crude oil production has risen from 285,642 barrels per day in April to over 315,000 bpd this month,’ ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Dinesh K Sarraf said here. ONGC, which had over the last few years seen output not matching targets, plans to quickly develop discovered fields to boost oil and gas production.

‘The more than 10 per cent increase in output in current year is quiet an achievement for a company having old fields,’ he said. Western offshore is the home for India's largest oil and gas field of Mumbai High and Bassein. It also has several smaller discoveries which ONGC has now tied up with main production system and begun producing.

Sarraf said the company will continue to focus on bringing newer fields into production as also arrest decline in ageing field through use of technology and interventions. It plans to develop a series of oil and gas discoveries in Daman offshore. About 8.5 million standard cubic meters per day of gas output is projected from the discoveries.

ONGC is also focused on bringing to production its major oil field in the KG-D5 block in Krishna Godavari basin by 2019. The oil discovery in KG-DWN-98/2 or KG-D5, which sits next to Reliance Industries' KG-D6 block, will be the first large oil production from the east coast. The block also has 10 gas discoveries.
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