India's environment ministry approved oil and gas exploration and production firm Cairn India's request to increase oil output at its Rajasthan block to 300,000 barrels per day, up from 200,000 bpd, Reuters reported.
Rajasthan is one of Cairn India's nine blocks in its portfolio and the region is considered to be the country's largest state. The environment ministry panel said the company will have to ensure it is complying with environmental regulations and make this information available on its website.
In its annual report for 2013-2014, Cairn India said it plans to use innovative technology to increase development of the Rajasthan block as well as utilize one of the biggest enhanced oil recovery programs in the world.
Cairn India Chairman Navin Agarwal said taking advantage of the gas potential of Rajasthan block is also priority for the company.
"Gas from the basin, represents a unique opportunity to establish Rajasthan as a major player in the Indian natural gas market," Agarwal said. "We see this as being a key growth area, with the potential to be a significant part of company's overall production mix in the years to come."