Reliance Industries has informed oil regulator DGH that four smaller gas finds surrounding the D-1 and D-3 fields in the Krishna-Godavari basin can be commercially exploited.
RIL on February 19 informed the oil regulator Directorate General of Hydrocarbons that four smaller gas finds, surrounding the D-1 and D-3 fields, which are currently producing around 62 mmscmd of gas, can be commercially exploited, sources in know of development said.
RIL estimates that four smaller gas finds in the prolific KG-D6 block may contain 1-2 Trillion cubic feet of reserves and may help prolong peak output of 80 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) from the block, sources said.
"These four finds were made in 2008 and RIL had at that time notified them as discoveries. They have now submitted 'potential commerciality interest' which means that they can be exploited commercially," a source said.
Once DGH approves commerciality, RIL will submit a detailed development plan, detailing investment and production potential.
RIL has so far made 25 oil and gas discoveries in KG-D6, of which two - D1 and D3, have been put on production at an investment of $8.836 billion. Besides D1 and D3 gas fields and MA oil discovery, nine other gas finds were previously declared commercial and now four more may be added to the list.
In 2008, RIL submitted plans to invest $5.91 billion in nine satellite finds but later pruned the list to just four considering government-fixed gas price of $4.20 per million British thermal unit did not justify such high additional investment.
The company on December 29 revised this to $1.5 billion spanning 0.6 Trillion cubic feet recoverable reserves in the four finds that could produce 10 mmscmd for 6 years.
The remaining five discoveries had been kept for developing at a later date, sources said adding these five and the four finds that are now in the process of being declared commercial may be clubbed together for development.
It will take 4-5 years to bring to production the four finds for which field development plan (FDP) has been submitted and the other finds may not come into production before 2016 by when D1 and D3 output would have hit decline phase.
The discoveries would be tied-up with Dhirubhai 1 and 3 (or D1 and D3) production facilities, which are designed to handle 80 mmscmd of output.
Sources said the mining licence for most of the 1.9 million acres of KG-DWN-98/3 or KG-D6 block has expired that it would need extension from the government to do additional exploration work.
The mining lisence expiry, however, may not impact the approved commercial finds which would be more governed by the field development plan approved by the DGH and the government.