Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, bp and its partner, Reliance, have started up the second in a trio of deepwater gas projects that will help to meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs.
The start-up of the Satellite Cluster project comes swiftly after that of the R Cluster project in December 2020. Both are part of a deepwater gas project in block KG D6 off the nation’s east coast.
KGD6 project highlights
The final phase, MJ, is expected to come online in the latter part of 2022. All three are expected to produce around 30mmscmd (1 billion cubic feet a day) of natural gas by 2023, meeting up to 15% of India’s gas demand.
Dev Sanyal, bp executive vice president, gas & low carbon energy, said: “The start-up of production from the Satellite Cluster development is a continuation of the success of our partnership with Reliance, bringing together the best of both companies to build a high-quality, resilient hydrocarbons business. Our close collaboration allowed us to bring the Satellite Cluster on line ahead of schedule, even in these most challenging times.”
India’s growing energy needs will require rapid scaling across a wide spectrum of energy sources and technological solutions. India is the world’s third-largest primary energy consumer today, with bp’s Energy Outlook seeing the country’s primary consumption set to more than double by 2050.
However, primary energy consumption per capita is significantly lower than most countries, indicating significant inequities in energy consumption. India consumes 5,274mb/d of oil, more than 80% of which is imported. Gas consumption is ~60 billion cubic metres (165mmscmd), and more than 50% is imported. India is taking great strides to improve access to energy, making it more affordable to all.
India’s gas consumption
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