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Government of India
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
01-March-2011 16:55 IST
Fertilizer Sector Accorded Highest Priority in Gas Allocation-Reddy
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            The Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri S. Jaipal Reddy has said that the Fertilizer sector has been accorded the highest priority by the Government in allocation of natural gas. Giving a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Reddy said that The existing requirement of natural gas of all gas-based fertilizer plants has been largely met, so as to ensure their optimum operation. He added that the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) constituted to consider and decide issues pertaining to inter alia commercial utilization of natural gas under New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) decided to give the highest priority to existing gas-based fertilizer plants. Production from KG D6 fields under NELP has commenced from April 2009. In accordance with EGoM’s decision, 15.708 million standard cubic meter per day (mmscmd) gas produced from KG D6 fields has been allocated to existing gas-based fertilizer plants to meet their existing gas shortfall, so as to enable full capacity utilization. In 2008, 1.0 mmscmd gas from Panna-Mukta-Tapti (PMT) fields was also allocated to fertilizer plants to meet their shortfall.

 

The Minister also provided details regarding average supply of natural gas to the fertilizer sector from 2007-08 as under:-

 

Sl No.

Category of gas

Quantity (mmscmd)

1.

Administered Price Mechanism (APM)

15.787

2.

PMT & Ravva Joint Venture (JV)

2.705

3.

Term-RLNG

7.589

4.

Others

0.186

5.

Spot RLNG

0.263

Total

26.53

6.

KG D6 (from 2009-10)

14.400

Grand Total

40.930

 

 

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