Reliance, BP get key ship on KG-D6 for expediting gas output

PTI New Delhi | Updated on December 30, 2018 Published on December 30, 2018

Reliance Industries and its partner BP plc of the UK have brought a deepsea pipeline laying ship to their Bay of Bengal block KG-D6 to help bring newer gas finds to production by 2020-21, the British firm said.

Reliance-BP are targeting to bring to production the R-Series and satellite fields in KG-D6 block by 2020, just around the time KG-D6 block’s currently producing Dhirubhai-1 and 3 (D1 and D3) fields cease to produce. These fields along with the ultra deep MJ find are to produce 30-35 million standard cubic metres per day of peak natural gas.

McDermott’s DLV2000 vessel will install deepsea pipelines to connect the R-Series and satellite cluster discoveries to production system. “2019 will see work pick up speed, three projects on track to bring gas on shore,” BP India tweeted and attached a blog on DLV2000. DLV2000 is a class 3 dynamic positioning vessel combining a 2,200-tonne revolving crane with a deepwater underdeck S-lay pipeline system configured to install pipelines with diameters ranging from 4.5 to 60 inches in water depths up to 10,000 feet.

“On 26th December, we completed the as planned mobilization of the DLV2000 on Reliance R / S Cluster 8 well OBO development project in Bay of Bengal, East Coast India for season 1 offshore campaign,” BP said in the blog. OBO refers to fields operated by others. “Today a new milestone has been achieved in gas development in the east coast of India with ultra deep water installation completed in 2000 meters water depth,” BP India said in a separate tweet. Reliance is the operator of KG-D6 block with 60 per cent interest while BP plc holds 30 per cent stake. Niko Resources of Canada holds the remaining 10 per cent.

Published on December 30, 2018
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