Govt to review Reliance’s gas allocation from KG basin

The Government intends to review the allocation of Reliance’s gas produced from the Krishna Godavari (KG) Basin D6 field. It could re-fix allocation as per the amounts drawn so far by the customers.

Ministry officials told Business Line that the Petroleum Secretary, Mr S. Sundareshan, had conducted a review meeting recently on off-take of KG gas by the allottees.

He is understood to have asked them to come back in a fortnight’s time with details on their off-take, and how much they can actually absorb.

A final view will be taken in mid-April, based on which a decision will be taken on the unused quantity. If necessary, a decision on re-allocation could be also considered, officials said.

Asked if there were any penal provisions in the Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) that Reliance has entered into with these customers for non-drawal of gas, sources said “no penal provisions have been provided for non-drawal of gas by the consumers during initial six months of the supply.”

RIL is currently producing 60-62 mscmd of gas, which has been allocated to identified customers from the priority sectors — power, fertiliser, steel, city gas distribution, gas-based LPG plants, petrochemicals sector, and refineries — based on a decision of an empowered group of ministers.

Reliance, which had planned to ramp up its production to 80 mscmd by March, claims that for want of customers and choked pipeline network, it has not been not able to do so.



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