Rajasthan stakes claim on gas from Cairn India’s Barmer fields

The Rajasthan government has laid claim on Cairn India’s Barmer gas, making it difficult for the Anil Agarwal Group company to sell the fuel outside.Speaking to BusinessLine, a senior Rajasthan government official said: “We have written to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that the gas produced from the Barmer fields should be first allocated to Rajasthan, particularly for the power sector.”In fiscal year 2015, average gas production from Raageshwari Deep Gas field in the block was 0.4528 mmscmd (million standard cubic metres a day), which Cairn expects to raise to 0.7075 mmscmd by fiscal 2016. The State has made its claim not only for the existing output but also any incremental gas that Cairn produces from the producing fields.