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The Indian state of Assam will see major investment from E&P major, ONGC for pursuing drilling activities in the region. S K Moitra, Director (Onshore), ONGC informed that the firm has decided to drill 200 developmental wells across fields under its Assam Asset. The project will continue over the next seven years, and will cost the state-owned firm approximately Rs.6000 crores.
35-year old semi-submersible drilling platform, Olinda Star was the only rig to be hit by Cyclone Phethai among the six rigs working in the Kakinada, India. After this accident, the rig-hiring rules of India’s ONGC are being questioned which were amended in 2014. In order to gain benefit from global rig oversupply, the altered rules focused more on the commercial aspects than on safety.
State-owned E&P major, ONGC yesterday informed the provision of "intelligent artificial limbs" to 42 differently-abled individuals in Assam, India. An official release from the company read, "Under the CSR project, 42 divyangs (differently abled) of Sivasagar and Charaideo districts who have lost their limbs will be fitted with superior quality intelligent artificial limbs". ONGC stated that the artificial limbs with built-in smart robotics are agile, strong and light weight.
India’s ONGC will have to pay 242 crore to the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), as ordered by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP), India. This compensation has been imposed on the firm as wharfage compensation for the transportation of crude oil through the two pipelines of ONGC. The company said that it is examining the admissibility of the claim.
According to the sources, India’s energy major, Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) went on to increase its production to about 70 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd). The increase in domestic output will help the firm in reducing the imports. Corresponding November last year the company produced 64 mmscmd and this year the production saw a great improvement. ONGC is making efforts to bring new fields into production.
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.