The first of the 15 fertiliser plants that will get all of the initial output is expected to get the gas in 3-4 days time, he said, adding, "The most distant plant will get the gas in about 15 days. In four months time, the production will be 40 mmscmd and in about a year's time it will be 80 mmscmd."
"It will reduce our oil import bill by about $9 billion annually during peak production at current prices," Pandey said, adding that gas sales over the 11 year-life of the field will generate $42 billion in revenue.
The government's share in the production would amount to a minimum $14 billion, he said.
Image: Reliance Industries' KG-D6 control and raiser platform is seen off the Bay of Bengal. | Photograph: Reuters
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