Reliance Industries starts commercial production of coal bed methane in Sohagpur, expansion seen in 15-18 months
The company expects to drill 600-800 wells further and develop associated infrastructure over the next phases of development
Reliance Industries, India's largest private sector enterprise, has begun commercial production from its coal bed methane (CBM) block at Sohagpur in Madhya Pradesh. The block SP(West)–CBM–2001/1 that resumed production on 24 March is currently supplying CBM for commissioning the Shahdol Phulpur Pipeline (SHPPL), RIL said in its statement.
Following the ramp-up of Sohagpur CBM fields over the next 15-18 months, Reliance will be among the largest producers of unconventional gas in India.
RIL, ranked 215th in terms of revenues and 126th in terms of profits in Fortune's Global 500 list, was awarded the licence to explore two adjacent CBM blocks SP(West) and SP(East) with an area of 995 sq.km in the Round 1 of CBM block bidding by the Government of India in 2001.
Reliance Industries, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, has drilled more than 200 wells connected to two Gas Gathering Stations in the first phase of development. The company expects to drill 600-800 wells further and develop associated infrastructure over the next phases of development.
Reliance Gas Pipelines Limited (RGPL) a wholly owned subsidiary of RIL, laid a 302 km Shahdol Phulpur Gas Pipeline that connects Sohagpur CBM fields from Shahdol to Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur (HBJ) pipeline Network of GAIL at Phulpur. With this new pipeline network these CBM Gas fields are now connected with the Indian Gas Grid.
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