What does Saudi Aramco’s $44 billion deal mean for oil companies in India

Source: Financial Express, Apr 12, 2018

In a major boost to the economic reforms launched by Narendra Modi government, world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Aramco, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian oil companies to be a part of $44 billion investment in West Coast refinery and petrochemical project called Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals. It is one of the largest investments made by any foreign oil producer in India. The agreement is being facilitated by three state-run oil marketing companies — Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation. The investment made by the world’s largest producer of oil may help oil companies in increasing their margins.

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Essar to set up 4 small & medium LNG terminals

download (8).jpgSource: The Economic Times, Sept 25, 2017

HYDERABAD: Essar Ports is looking to set up a cluster of small and medium sized terminals for handling liquefied natural gas on India’s west and east coasts to capitalise on the growing demand for the cleaner fuel. The company, part of the Essar Group, which has interests in ports and shipping, has identified land on both the coasts and plans to come up with two terminals in the first phase and two in second phase, with capacities ranging from 2.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 5 mtpa.

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ONGC plans $11 billion investment to boost gas production by 30%

images.pngSource: LiveMint.com, Apr 24, 2017

Mumbai: After more than a decade of nearly static output, state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) expects to increase gas production by nearly 30% over the next three-four years with an investment of around $11 billion, according to two senior company officials with knowledge of the matter.

The officials said ONGC will put its blocks in the Krishna Godavari basin (KG-DWN-98/2) and Ratna and R-Series oilfields in Mumbai offshore into production by 2019. The coal bed methane (CBM) blocks in Jharkhand will begin production by 2020, while the Daman offshore fields, which have been pressed into production this month, will be ramped up next year.

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UAE to invite Indian cos for upstream oil and gas investments in Abu Dhabi

Source: The Economic Times, Jan 27, 2017

NEW DELHI: Opec member United Arab Emirates will invite Indian firms for upstream oil and gas ainvestments, giving the energy-deficient country a rare chance to be involved in the hydrocarbon sector of the oil-rich region that accounts for most of its energy imports.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (Adnoc) chief executive Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said the strategic partnership with India had taken a significant step with the deal to store crude oil in India’s strategic reserves, and a lot more was in the offing, including his company’s investment in new and existing refineries and petrochemical plants. Read the rest of this entry »

Indian Oil to lay India’s longest LPG pipeline

Source: The Economic Times, Oct. 12, 2016

NEW DELHI: State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) plans to lay the nation’s longest LPG pipeline from Gujarat coast to Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh to cater to growing demand for cooking gas in the country.

IOC plans to import LPG at Kandla in Gujarat and move it through the 1,987 kilometer pipeline to Gorakhpur via Ahmedabad (in Gujarat), Ujjain, Bhopal (in Madhya Pradesh), Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi and Lucknow (in Uttar Pradesh). Read the rest of this entry »

Centre, Maharashtra agree on mega refinery in Konkan region

Source: Business Standard, Oct. 04, 2016

Mumbai: The Centre and the Maharashtra government have arrived at a consensus on the development of a mega refinery and petrochemical complex in the Konkan region.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week conveyed to Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan the state government’s desire to join the project. The ministry and the state government have zeroed in on Guhagar, in the coastal district of Ratnagiri, for the mega refinery. Read the rest of this entry »

LPG market gets ready for pvt oil firms

Source: Business Standard, Sept 01, 2016

Mumbai: With the central government restricting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) subsidy to consumers earning less than Rs 10 lakh per annum, a ready-made market is now available for private oil companies. This, coupled with the lure of higher margins, is pushing them to aim for a larger pie of the cooking gas market in India.

India’s total LPG consumption rose from 18 million tonnes (mt) in 2014-2015 to 19.6 mt in 2015-2016, according to Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) data. The three state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) have 274,000 connections in the waiting list across the country, PPAC data show.

This shows that there is a huge market to tap.

Essar Oil and Reliance Industries are two private refiners vying for the LPG market in India. Mahesh Advani, head of direct sales at Essar Oil, says they have a potential market in the non-subsidised LPG customers and commercial users.The company is open to both subsidised and non-subsidised LPG distribution business in the country. Advani says a higher margin is the rationale for the company’s planned entry to this segment.

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