Government has slapped an additional penalty of USD 380 million (around Rs 2,500 crore) on Reliance Industries and its partners for producing less than targeted natural gas from eastern offshore KG-D6 fields. the total penalty, which is in form of disallowing recovery of cost incurred, for missing the target in five fiscal years beginning April 1, 2010, now stands at a cumulative USD 2.76 billion. The Production SharingContract (PSC) allows RIL and its partners BP Plc of the UK and Canada’s Niko Resources to deduct all capital and operating expenses from the sale of gas before sharing profit with the government.
“Up to financial year 2013-14, the cost recovery proposed to be disallowed was USD 2.376 billion and consequent demand of Government of India share of additional profit petroleum of USD 195.3 million on cumulative basis.
“On June 3, 2016, the company received a revised claim up to year 2014-15 with a disallowance of USD 2.756 billion on cumulative basis and consequent demand of Government of India share of additional profit petroleum of USD 246.9 million, also on cumulative basis,” RIL said in a regulatory filing.
Gas output from Dhirubhai-1 and 3 gas field in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block was supposed to be 80 million standard cubic meters per day but actual production was only 35.33 mmscmd in 2011-12, 20.88 mmscmd in 2012-13 and 9.77 mmscmd in 2013-14. The output has been around 8 mmscmd in subsequent years.
The government had for 2010-11 disallowed USD 457 million of cost, USD 548 million for 2011-12, USD 792 million for 2012-13 and USD 579 million for 2013-14. Now, another USD 380 million cost has been disallowed for output lagging behind target in 2014-15.