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According to bid information available with DGH, Vedanta-owned Cairn India will attract a penalty of $0.1 million if it fails to fulfil exploration commitment for the 41 oil blocks won under OALP. Award of blocks were based on the commitment to explore and drill for oil and gas, and government’s share in the hydrocarbons produced. DGH gave equal weightage to both these parameters.
In a recent briefing, Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said that they are seeking consortia of US oilfield service companies to aid the development of 41 blocks in India. Accompanied by Cairn Chief Executive, Mr Agarwal met with executives from 70 services companies in Houston this week. The meeting aimed at encouraging the firms to establish a consortium to compete for contracts. Cairn won 41 of the 55 blocks auctioned in OALP.
Europe’s leading energy company, Carin Energy has reported £400 million loss in half-year. Admitting its mistakes, the company commented that regardless of its progress in North Sea this year, it has experienced heavy losses on “derecognition of financial assets”. Carin experienced pre-tax losses worth £383m in the first six month of 2018. CEO of the company has said that “Cairn has made strong progress across its balanced portfolio.”
Vedanta’s Cairn Oil and Gas has awarded the oilfield development contract for Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwarya (MBA) fields to leading oilfield services provider, BHGE. The service provider will support Cairn with advanced technology solutions to deliver an integrated scope of oilfield services and equipment. The scope of the contract also involves the construction of 300 new wells and deployment of a chemical EOR programme.
In the year 2014, India had used a two year old legislation to raise a Rs.10, 247 crore retrospective tax demand on a decade old Cairn’s unit in the country. The British firm had initiated an international arbitration challenging the tax demand and the final hearing will begin in August, 2018 in The Hague.