Modi’s push to make kitchens safer makes India no. 2 LPG importer

Source: LiveMint.com, Apr 24, 2017

Mumbai/New Delhi: India toppled Japan as the world’s second-largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to provide cooking gas cylinders to the poor and wean them off polluting fuels, drove up consumption.

Imports of LPG, mostly used as cooking fuel, soared 23% during the financial year that ended 31 March to 11 million tonnes, according to data from oil ministry’s Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell. Japan’s imports slipped 3.2% during the same period to 10.6 million tonnes, according to its finance ministry. China remains the world’s top importer.

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Shell India, Bharat Petroleum may tie up for Singapore energy trading

Source: LiveMint.com, Mar 30, 2017

Mumbai: Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s India unit and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL), the country’s second largest fuel retailer, may team up to help the latter set up an energy trading unit in Singapore, two officials aware of the development said.

A Singapore office has been in the works for BPCL to expand its global reach and participate in trading of crude oil, natural gas and energy derivatives, the two said on condition of anonymity.

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Cabinet clears policy for extension of oil & gas contracts

Source: The Economic Times, Mar 23, 2017

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet has approved a new policy to allow transparent extension of oil and gas contracts for companies that agree to increase the state’s share of profit by 10% — a move that raises government’s revenue and allows companies like Vedanta-controlled Cairn India to plan future investments.

This is expected to encourage investment of $5.4 billion to extract 426 million barrels, the government said after a late-evening meeting of the Cabinet, which also approved amendments to tax laws to abolish cesses and surcharges to facilitate goods and services tax (GST), made the provision of the funds for startups more user friendly, and sanctioned raising of NABARD’s authorised capital.

The new policy for oil and gas would apply to contracts that predate the New Exploration Licensing Policy of 1999. This includes Cairn India which has a 25-year contract for RJ-ON-90/1that expires in May 2020. The contract provides for a mutually-agreed 10-year extension if gas is being produced commercially. Commercial production of gas from the field commenced in 2013.

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GAIL to invest Rs 1,750 cr on gas distribution network

index.pngSource: Business Standard, Mar 15, 2017

Bhubneshwar: State-run gas company GAIL (India) Ltd has committed an investment of Rs 1,750 crore to build a City Gas Distribution (CGD) network in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Of the envisaged investment, Rs 1,000 crore would be spent on Bhubaneswar while the remaining Rs 750 crore has been set aside for Cuttack. Gas distribution to households in the twin-city region is expected to be a reality by December 2019 or early 2020.

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India imports petrol, diesel from China

index.jpgSource: The Economic Times, Mar 15, 2017

NEW DELHI: India has perhaps for the first time imported petrol and diesel from China as the world’s third largest oil consumer looks at diversifying its sources of fuel. India imported 18,000 tonnes of petrol and 39,000 tonnes of diesel in the first nine months of the current fiscal, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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Iran becomes India’s 3rd largest oil supplier

Source: LiveMint.com, Feb 15, 2017

New Delhi: Iran has zipped past the likes of Venezuela and Nigeria to become India’s third largest oil supplier as easing western sanctions enabled Indian companies to increase purchases from that country.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq continue to be ahead of Iran, which was sixth biggest supplier of crude oil to India in 2015-16. It has overtaken Venezuela, Nigeria and UAE to become India’s third largest supplier in April-December period of 2016-17.

Iran sold 19.8 million tonne crude oil to India in the first nine months of the current fiscal, officials said. This is behind Saudi Arabia’s 30.3 MT and 29.1 MT sourced from Iraq. In full 2015-16 fiscal, Iran had supplied 12.7 MT crude oil to India. That year Saudi Arabia had sold 40.4 MT oil to India with Iraq chipping in 26.8 MT. Venezuela supplied 23.6 MT, Nigeria 23.4 MT and UAE 15.7 MT.

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Cairn India to invest US$ 1 billion in five projects to ramp up production

Source: LiveMint.com, Feb 14, 2017

Mumbai: Cairn India Ltd (CIL), part of the Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Group, will invest $1 billion in five projects that the company plans to develop shortly, acting chief executive officer, Sudhir Mathur, told analysts after the company’s results were announced on 9 February.

“There are about five projects that we are very, very keen to initiate—the Raageshwari Deep Gas (RDG) project; the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) programme at Aishwariya fields, the EOR programme at Bhagyam and Barmer Hill and Aishwariya Barmer Hill, which is a tight oil. The cumulative capital spend could definitely be in excess of a $1 billion,” said Mathur.

These projects constitute about 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent to 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent at peak production. The investment, however, hinges on the extension of the production-sharing contract (PSC) of the Barmer oil and gas block in Rajasthan.

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