Reliance Industries shut down its eighth well on the main gas-producing field in KG-D6 block, which compelled the output to drop down to an all-time low at 20.88 million metric standard cubic metre per day (mmscmd).
As per the status report of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), RIL shut down the well B6 on 9 January 2013 on the Dhiburbhai-1 and 3 (D1&D3) in Krishna Godavari basin KG-D6 block because of water loading. Earlier on 29 November 2012, RIL had shut B4, which was the seventh well on D1&D3 field.
However, shutting of B6 well dropped down the output from D1&D3 to 16.98 million standard cubic meters per day during the week which ended on 13 January 2013. With the 4.37 mmsmcd sourcing from the MA oilfield in the same block, overall output equaled 21.35 mmscmd in the week. However, production fell down even more to 20.88 mmscmd in the fourth week of January 2013, which is the lowest since April 2009.
So far, Reliance Industries drilled 22 wells in all on the D1&D3 fields. However, only 18 out of these are on production till now. D1&D3 started production of gas in April 2009 and had mounted to 55 mmscmd in August 2010. Later, there was an ingression of water as well as sand in the wells.