Domestic natural gas production fell by 8.1 per cent year-on-year (YoY) to 28,670.60 million standard cubic metre (mscm) in financial year (FY) 2020-21. However, natural gas production of 2,683.90 mscm in March 2021 was the highest monthly output recorded in two years. The rise in output during March 2021 can be attributed to the commencement of production from Reliance Industries and BP’s ultra-deep-water field in the KG D6 Block of the Krishna Godavari basin on the east coast.

Indigenous natural gas production caters to about 51 per cent of the country’s requirements. Domestic natural gas output had fallen 2.8 per cent YoY to 31,168.40 mscm in FY20, reversing the growth trend recorded since FY18.