BG reports first oil from India’s Mukta-B platform


READING, United Kingdom -- BG India achieved first oil production from Mukta-B (MB), a four-legged wellhead unmanned platform in the offshore Bombay basin, on July 1. 

BG has a 30% interest in the Panna-Mukta oil and gas fields alongside its partners, ONGC and Reliance Industries Ltd.

The MB and MA pipelines have also been successfully completed as part of the project, enabling a restart of production from the MA platform, which had been shut-in due to pipeline integrity issues for the last 2.5 years.

The project clocked more than 2 million “LTI free” man-hours and has several firsts to its credit, including the use of green technology involving hybrid solar panels and wind turbines for self-sufficient power, remote monitoring facilities for process optimization and VOIP protocol for better communication.

Shaleen Sharma, president and managing director of BG India, said, “This is a significant milestone for BG India and the culmination of an integrated team effort by all functions and contract parties.”

Incremental development of the existing fields, via well intervention and infill drilling campaigns, as well as evaluating new projects and further development opportunities, is being planned.

BG India has upstream interests in three offshore producing fields, two exploration licenses and has contracted long-term LNG sales into the fast growing Indian gas market. 

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