India got a new supply of cleaner-burning gas on Friday after production started from R Cluster ̶ an ultra-deepwater gas project in block KG D6 off the east coast of the country, bp said in a press update.
Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Mukesh Ambani said: “This is a significant milestone towards transforming India’s energy landscape, for a cleaner and greener, gas-based economy.”
RIL and bp are developing three deepwater gas projects in block KG D6 ̶ R Cluster, Satellites Cluster and MJ ̶ which together are expected to meet approximately 15% of India’s gas demand by 2023.
Bp’s Chief Executive Bernard Looney said: “This start-up is another example of the possibility of our partnership with Reliance, bringing the best of both companies to help meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs. Growing India’s own production of cleaner-burning gas to meet a significant portion of its energy demand, these three new KG D6 projects will support the country’s drive to shape and improve its future energy mix.”
Gas production from the integrated development ̶ all three projects ̶ is expected to account for about 25% of the country’s domestic production by 2023 and help to reduce India’s dependence on imported gas.
The R Cluster project is the latest in a line of subsea tiebacks that deliver competitive production.