India’s gas production dropped by almost one fifth in April due to the lower offtake by industries during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, consistent with official data released on Saturday. Gas output at 2.16 billion cubic meters in April was 18.6 percent less than 2.65 cm production within the same month a year back, data released by the oil ministry showed. Lower production was due to a 15.3 percent drop in output by the country’s top producer ONGC at 1.72 cm.
“The shortfall in gas production is primarily due to less gas offtake by consumers due to COVID-19 lockdown,” as it told. State-owned Oil India Ltd also produced 10 percent less gas at 202.05 million cubic meters thanks to “loss of potential within the Deohal area (in Assam) thanks to the presence of CO2 in the production stream (and) less gas offtake by consumers due to COVID-19 lockdown,” it said.
India’s crude oil production fell 6.35 percent to 2.5 million tonnes in April for the same reason. Oil and gas Corp (ONGC) output were marginally lower at 1.7 million tonnes in April, while fields operated by private firms like Cairn produced 19.2 percent less oil at 615,800 tonnes. Cairn’s Rajasthan fields produced 19.2 percent less oil at 490,560 tonnes, the data showed. Crude oil production by ONGC lower thanks to “closure of wells in Western Offshore thanks to less offtake by GAIL thanks to COVID-19 lockdown restriction of movements for field operations in onshore fields thanks to COVID-19 lockdown,” because it said.
Cairn’s Rajasthan fields produced less because of the delay in hook-up of new wells, delay in workover wells revival, and new injector due to COVID-19 impact.
Refineries produced about 30 percent less fuel in April at 18.9 million tonnes because the lockdown kept most vehicles off the roads, evaporating demand. “Reasons for shortfall in production mainly include low demand thanks to COVID-19 lockdown,” because the ministry said.