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The chairman of India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) informed that the company is planning to enhance the oil and gas output from old and matured fields. For this, the firm is looking for enhanced oil recovery techniques and production enhancement contracts (PECs). The service providers will have to bid incremental production profile and maintenance profile for base oil production, informed the Chairman.
The former chairman of India's ONGC, DK Sarraf revealed that ONGC bought the stakes of Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) in KG basin block at Rs 8,000 crore when the asking price was Rs 20,000 crore. He said that unlike the comments of opposition, ONGC’s move to meet the disinvestment target through GSPC by selling the stake in HPCL was “strategic and of immense value proposition”.
India’s state-run oil and gas company, ONGC is planning on buying 27 drilling rigs that would cost Rs 3,000-3,500 crore. The new purchase has been planned to replace nearly half of its ageing onland rigs. ONGC has floated a tender for the same in search of interested suppliers. The new rigs will replace some of the ageing fleet of 67 rigs currently operating at the company’s offshore fields.
According to sources, India’s ONGC is trying to find out the location and size of oil and gas reservoirs at Ganga basin near Kasganj-Etah-Farrukhabad border. Seismic data survey is being done in order to get the details of the rock types and their locations beneath the surface of the Earth. Seven-member team is completing the survey by digging small borewells at a farm in the Tajpur Tigra village of Patiyali.
India’s E&P major, ONGC has awarded a subsea contract to the consortium of BHGE, McDermott International, and L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE). The contract pertains to the development of block DWN-98/2 in the Krishna Godavari basin, ONGC’s largest deepwater project till date. The consortium will supply all subsea production systems (SPS), including 34 deepwater trees, alongwith the installation of SURF.
The Indian tax department struck ONGCs international arm, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) with a ₹7666.10 crore (approximately USD 1.05 billion) service tax demand. The tax demand was slapped over the payment the firm made to its overseas subsidiaries for the duration of 2006 to 2017. The tax department issued many demand-cum-show cause notices to OVL on the matter. Sources reported that OVL is challenging the demand.
E&P major, ONGC received approval from the Government of India to proceed with Additional Development Drilling of 72 wells in the Krishna-Godavari basin. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, gave a nod to ONGCs proposal for the project. An investment of ₹792 crore has been outlaid by the PSU for the project. EAC has laid down several conditions for granting the clearance.
India's natural resources giant, Vedanta Ltd., announced a gas discovery in its block KG-OSN-2009-3, in the Krishna Godavari basin. Vedanta said that the authorities, oil ministry and Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, have been provided all the information regarding this discovery. The company has 100% participatory interest on the block. Earlier this month, ONGC also informed about its discoveries in MP and West Bengal.
Indian oil major, ONGC made new oil discoveries in the states of West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, which might pave path to two new sedimentary basins in India. The E&P giant discovered gas deposits in a block in Vindhyan basin in Madhya Pradesh. The second discovery has been made in Ashok Nagar of 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. The deposits are currently being tested.
The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) yesterday announced the results of the maiden open acreage auction, with Vedanta Group winning big. The auction received 110 bids for the 55 blocks on offer, and Vedanta received licenses for 41 of them. Vedanta played aggressive in the auction, placing bids on the entire blocks on auction. ONGCs conservative bids landed it only 2 blocks, while OIL won licences to 9 blocks.
If sources were to be believed, with the imposition of US sanctions on Iran, talks between India and Iran over the gas field rights have been hindered. A consortium of state-owned oil companies, led by ONGC were in talks with Iran from the past two years over the development rights of Farzad B gas field. Next month, Indian and US officials will meet to discuss about the sanction waiver.
If sources were to be believed, ONGC has used its internal resources to pay for the third of Rs 24,881 crore loan it had taken to buy HPCL. Earlier this year, the company got approval from the government to sell its stake in IOC and GAIL to repay the loan but has now decided otherwise. Acquisition of HPCL by ONGC led to the creation of nation’s first integrated oil company.
The International Tribunal which heard the Reliance-ONGC row has rejected BP Plc’s claim to any legal cost from the Government of India. The bench ordered the Indian Government to pay USD 8.3 million to Reliance Industries for covering the legal cost. The panel, earlier, gave the verdict in favour of Reliance saying it could produce and sell any gas that migrated from adjoining fields of state-owned ONGC into its area.
Clearing the confusion over HPCL promoter classification issue, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is the promoter of the state-run refiner. Replying to a question posed by media Pradhan informed at a press conference “Today it is ONGC. Do not get into the technicalities of it.” Earlier this year, ONGC bought a 51.1 percent stake in HPCL for Rs 37,000 crore.
Anil Ambani-lead Reliance Naval has filed a lawsuit against E&P major, ONGC for wrongfully terminating a deal and invoking bank guarantee. ONGC refused to take the delivery of an eighth vessel under a supply deal of a dozen vessels. Reliance Naval has asked ONGC for a reimbursement of more than $6.6 million, and another $15.46 million as payment for the support vessel.
Vedanta Cairn is reaching a final stage in securing 41 hydrocarbon blocks, under the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP). The awards were reportedly given based on the recommendations of an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS). Furthermore, ECS will award these blocks to the Anil Agarwal-led firm, nine to public-sector Oil India and two to ONGC. No foreign oil company bid for the first round of OALP.
Indian E&P major, ONGC has written to HPCL to correct its stock exchange filing to display the true promoter, sources related to the matter said. The Government of India’s 51.1% stake in HPCL was acquired by ONGC this year, in Rs 36,915 crore. However, HPCL's latest filing to the stock exchange listed 'President of India' as the promoter, and ONGC under 'Public Shareholder'.
India’s state-owned ONGC has reported a 58% hike in net profit from Q1 earnings. The net profit of the company jumped to Rs 6,144 crore. Though the crude oil production of the company decreased to 6.217 million tonne, revenues and profits of explorer climbed up. Price realization from gas also improved from $2.48 per mmbtu to $3.06 per mmbtu in the recent quarter.