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India’s Overhauled Oil Policy Unlikely to Be a Game-Changer - Wood Mackenzie

Gasoil News - Published on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

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PTI, citing natural resources consultancy Wood Mackenzie, reported that international oil companies have stayed away from the three auction rounds held during the last 3 years that awarded exploration areas to companies that offered the biggest share of the revenue from oil and gas produced. India’s overhauled policy for finding oil and gas is unlikely to be a game-changer as globally exploration budgets have shrunk and the country’s prospects are weaker than other regions. The Union Cabinet in February had approved a policy for awarding acreage, based primarily on exploration work commitment such as drilling of wells. This was aimed at attracting the elusive private and foreign investment to raise domestic output.

However, international oil companies have stayed away from the three auction rounds held during the last three years that awarded exploration areas to companies that offered the biggest share of the revenue from oil and gas produced. Contracts for the 32 blocks or areas won by state-owned Oil India Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corp and private sector Vedanta Ltd in the latest auction were signed.

Wood Mackenzie said that “In some ways, this marks the end of the first phase of the Open Acreage Licensing Policy era. The government has improved the fiscal parameters for blocks that will be available starting with OALP-4.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 19 Jul 2019
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