KG basin block: ONGC in talks with ExxonMobil, others

Statoil and Petrobras, specialists in deep-sea production technologies, decided to quit block KG-DWN-98/2 due to government delays in approving their participation in the deepwater acreage

Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) is in talks with majors like ExxonMobil to replace Norway’s Statoil and Petrobras of Brazil who have decided to quit its KG basin gas block, reports PTI.

“We are talking to a lot of people,” ONGC chairman and managing director RS Sharma said.

Mr Sharma refused to divulge more details.

“We are looking at firms for technology (to produce gas from ultra-deep sea basins) and risk sharing,” ONGC director (finance) Dinesh K Sarraf said.

The two specialists in deep-sea production technologies decided to quit block KG-DWN-98/2 due to government delays in approving their participation in the deepwater acreage.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA or Petrobras, Brazil's State-controlled oil firm, has offered ONGC its 15% interest in the Krishna Godavari basin block that sits next to Reliance Industries’ prolific KG-D6 fields, without any cost.

Similarly, Statoil has decided against participating in future drilling in the acreage off the Andhra coast.

This follows apparent unwillingness of the petroleum ministry and its technical wing DGH to accord approvals for equity participation by foreign companies and the inordinate delays in clearing the drilling programmes.

ONGC now wants another foreign partner to share risks in developing the acreage, which is estimated to have an in-place gas reserve of 14 trillion cubic feet.

The State-owned firm does not have the production technology to produce gas from such water depth in the geologically hostile KG basin.

ONGC, a few years back, had bought 90% stake in the block from Cairn India. In 2007, it farmed out 15% interest in the block to Petrobras and 10% to Norsk Hydro (now StatoilHydro).

Cairn India currently has 10% stake in the block while ONGC has 65% interest.

The block now has 10 discoveries and appraisal drilling is now required to be carried out to assess the potential before finalising development of gas fields.

Mr Sharma said that gas production from the KG block will begin in 2015-16, instead of 2013 as anticipated earlier.

Peak output from the field is seen at 20-25 million standard cubic metres per day, he said.

Mr Sharma had previously written to the oil secretary saying “red-tapism” was making international oil majors apprehensive about sharing exploration risks in acreages where they pick up stake. “Although the farm out agreements with Petrobras and Statoil were signed in August-September, 2007, the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) could not be signed with both these companies, initially, due to nine months taken in obtaining approval on assignment of participating interest, and then one year in signing amendment to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) from various parties, including (the) government,” he wrote.

Mr Sharma also pointed out to delays in other blocks. In case of deepwater block CY-DWN-2001/1 in the Kaveri basin, amendment to the PSC duly signed by ONGC, Oil India and Petrobras was submitted for signing by the government in January 2009. “The same is yet to be signed by the government,” he said.

Mr Sharma said that Petrobras quit the block because of “uncertainties about gas pricing and tax holiday (agreement).”

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    HAL wins Boeing's 2009 ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

    The local player has won the ‘Alliance Award’ in recognition of its unique capabilities and services

    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India's premier aerospace company, has been named one of the winners of Boeing’s 2009 ‘Supplier of the Year Award’, reports PTI.

    Bengaluru-based HAL has been awarded the newly-constituted ‘Alliance Award’ in recognition of its “unique capabilities and services that are instrumental to a new Boeing product.”

    Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company, named 14 companies as winners of the award.

    The winners, chosen from among the company's more than 12,000 active suppliers worldwide, were judged on quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise. The winners are located in Germany, Japan and the US.

    Before being chosen as the ‘Supplier of the Year’, each company was named as one of the 486 recipients of a ‘Boeing Performance Excellence Award’.

    “Boeing and our suppliers are more interconnected now than ever before, combining our talents and capabilities to create the most innovative products and services for our customers and the aerospace industry worldwide,” Boeing’s enterprise leader of supplier management Ray Conner said in a statement.

    Japan’s Bridgestone Corp was awarded for electro, hydraulic and mechanical standards, Ohio's GE Commercial Engine Operations won for propulsion, while another winner is Germany's Deharde-Maschinenbau H Hoffmann GmbH. Among the winners, three companies are based in Illinois.

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    Shadi Katyal

    1 decade ago

    Nice to hear such news but why does it not tell what HAL supplies to Boeing? We would like to know

    Inflation inches up to 9.9% in March

    However, food inflation for the week ended 3rd April slid to 17.22% from 17.70% in the previous week

    Wholesale price-based inflation remained below the psychological two-digit score, inching up marginally to 9.9% in March from 9.89% in the previous month.

    The hike was on account of rising prices of sugar and pulses.

    Food inflation for the week ended 3rd April, however, slid to 17.22% from 17.70% in the previous week.

    The fall was mainly on account of cheaper potato and onions that fell by 23.71% and 2.5% respectively on an annual basis.

    According to the monthly inflation data, sugar prices rose by 48.75% in March year-on-year while pulses turned costlier by 31.40%.

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    ramesh b

    1 decade ago

    long live inflation! our tolerance has increased a lot! earlier lesser inflation was a horrible shock.hmv record sings..inflation/prices will go down in future...! -constantly. the only matter which matters is Growth...(of ?)

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