India-based Oil and Natural Gas (ONGC) plans to build an integrated gas processing plant at a cost of INR100bn ($1.7bn) in the state of Maharashtra.

The new plant will be constructed near Kelwa- Mahim area with a processing capacity of 10 million metric standard cubic meter per day.

The project will also have a 30MW captive power plant, according to PTI.

ONCG official was quoted by the news agency as saying, "The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has prescribed Terms of Reference for preparation of the environmental impact assessment report and environment management plan for the gas processing plant."

The new plant has been designed to process gas produced from the C-24 field and B-12 fields in Tapti Daman Block of Western Offshore Basin.

ONGC may also construct a desalination plant with an output capacity of 14,000m3/day at the site in case fresh water is not available from the surface water for the project.