Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) on Wednesday said it has commenced the first commercial gas sale from Dirok gas field in Assam.
HOEC, on behalf of its joint venture with Oil India and Indian Oil Corporation, is developing facilities at Dirok field that can handle 36 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and over 1,000 barrels of condensate per day, it said in a release.
The company, during its recent annual general meeting, had said the first gas sale from the field in Tinsukia district commenced from August 25, and that the project has been completed within 27 months on fast-track mode with due approval of appropriate authorities. The release said HOEC plans to ramp up production to full capacity over the next six months.
At full capacity, the Dirok field will contribute over 12 per cent of the total gas produced in Assam, which will help fulfil more than 50 per cent of the current gas shortage in the state, it said. "Ultimately, we will all derive greatest satisfaction when our business activities result in overall development and transformation of all the stakeholders, particularly the local community. Gas that is flowing from Dirok field has just begun to do that," HOEC Chairman Sunil Mathur said.