ONGC, India’s state-run oil and gas company, has successfully started oil production from its deep-sea block in the Bay of Bengal, which is expected to increase its overall oil and gas production 11% and 15%, respectively. In March 2020, ONGC successfully completed the first phase of the project, which saw gas production begin from the U field in a record-breaking 10 months.

This was followed by the successful completion of the second phase, from the M field, in January 2024. The development of the oil field was particularly difficult due to its waxy nature, but ONGC was able to overcome the challenges with the use of the innovative pipe in pipe technology, which was a first for India’s oil exploration.

On January 7,2024, ONGC announced that it is close to completing the second phase of the ‘M’ field. Developing this field was especially difficult due to the crude oil’s waxy nature. To overcome this challenge, ONGC introduced a new technology known as Pipe in Pipe, which is a first in the history of Indian oil exploration.

A large part of the fabrication work for this project was done at the MODULATORY Fabrication facility at kattupalli. This highlights ONGC’s dedication to the Make in India initiative and the country’s ambition to become self-reliant in the energy industry.

Now, the project is entering its last phase, and the remaining oil & gas fields in the block are expected to start production by mid 2024. It is expected that the field will produce 45,000 b/d of oil and over 10 million MMSCMD of gas per day. This is expected to play a key role in Prime Minister