Reliance to pump KG Basin gas in Nov: DGH

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Noida, Sept 17 (UNI) Reliance Industries Ltd is expected to start pumping gas in November from its deep-water field off the east coast, about a month later than the government's previous forecast.

''Most likely in November, may be by end of November. Testing is going on. Maybe in three-four days we will be able to tell you the date,'' Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) Director General V K Sibal told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here.

He said the company would initially pump 15 million metric standard cubic metres a day (mmscmd) of gas from its field in the Krishna Godavari (KG) Basin and was likely to ramp up output to 40 mmscmd by February.

On September 1, Petroleum Secretary R S Pandey had said gas production from KG Basin would begin by the end of October.

Mr Sibal said Reliance's oilfield in the same basin would start production by the end of this month with an initial output of 10,000-15,000 bpd, which would be raised to about 40,000 bpd after drilling of more wells.

He did not say when oil production would rise, but added ''it will be very soon if rigs are available.'' UNI SBA SR HT1402

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