A company official said the Petroleum Ministry had sought details of how the price of the gas was arrived at and the provisions regarding pricing of the gas in the production sharing contract (PSC) for the fields.

“We have provided all relevant details and are awaiting their go ahead (to being production),” the official said. “Currently, we are just doing test productions.”

Cumulative production from the project is expected at 15.14 billion cubic meters of gas and 6.13 million tons of condensate in 15 years.

GAIL was to purchase gas from C-series fields from August 2009 but has been delayed due to the pending government nod to the price.

The field would start with 0.8 mmscmd output that would rise to 3mmscmd in a years time, the official said.

Four well platforms on the C-series fields are ready for commissioning and 192-kilometers pipeline to transport the gas to the shore is also ready. The pipeline network will link eight platforms and 22 wells to a process complex and thereafter to the Uran processing plant near Mumbai.