Crude oil production in November at 2.48 million tonnes was lower than 2.61 million tonnes produced in the same month a year back.
Rajasthan fields produced 9.6 per cent less crude oil at 476,990 tonnes as Mangala, Aishwarya and other fields in the Cairn block flowed less oil for a variety of reasons, according to data released by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Oil India Ltd produced 6.6 per cent less oil from Assam due to protests/agitation in the state following the Baghjan blowout.
During April-November, India’s oil production was 6 per cent lower at 20.42 million tonnes. The output from Rajasthan during this period dropped 16 per cent to 3.91 million tonnes.
Natural gas production in the country fell 9 per cent to 2.3 billion cubic meters in November largely due to a fall in eastern offshore field output.
ONGC produced 3.7 per cent less gas after the Hazira processing plant was shut down for maintenance.
Gas output during April-November was 18.7 bcm, down 11.8 per cent over the previous year.
With the economy slowly reflating, crude oil processing by the nation’s 23 refineries was fast returning to normal. They processed 20.78 million tonnes of crude oil in November, down 5.11 per cent year-on-year, but 13 per cent higher than 18.3 million tonnes crude processing in October 2020.
Reliance Industries’ only-for-export refinery at Jamnagar in Gujarat operated at 90 per cent of its capacity while the run rate at the company’s adjacent domestic market-oriented unit was 106 per cent.
Nayara Energy’s Vadinar refinery in Gujarat too operated at 90 per cent of the capacity. All the refineries put together produced 21.42 million tonnes of petroleum products, down 5 per cent over last year but 13 per cent higher than 18.87 million tonnes produced in October 2020.