As part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) governments strategy of reducing import dependence, state runLtd (OIL) has called for bids seeking partners for its two discovered marginal fields in Assam and Rajasthan to enhance production.
The OIL’s call for bids follows state run(ONGC) tender seeking partners for its 64 discovered small and marginal fields to enhance production on Friday. The last date for submitting bids for OILs Digboi and Baggitibba fields is 20 December.
The total in place hydrocarbon volume of the two fields is of the order of 49 MMTOE.
The offer would provide an opportunity to oil and gas service providers and operators to partner with OIL on a revenue sharing model. However, the Petroleum Mining Lease and Ownership of the fields will remain with OIL. The new technology partner will infuse new and appropriate fit for purpose technology to increase the production," OIL said in a statement on Saturday.
These so-called marginal fields were awarded to the state-owned firms on a nomination basis but remained undeveloped because they lie in tough terrain or had low reserves. In January this year, the government asked state-owned explorers to rope in the private sector to raise production to better exploit its hydrocarbon resources and cut dependence on foreign oil.
These call for bids by Indian state run firms comes in the backdrop of tightening US sanctions on Iran, and production curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and Russia. The Monday meeting of Opec in Vienna is expected to decide on continuing with the production curbs even as the tensions in Persian Gulf escalate.
With Opec accounting for around 40% of global production, any decision will have a wide-ranging impact on energy markets. The decision of the Saudi Arabia led cartel will have a bearing on India, the worlds third largest oil importer. Indias energy needs are mainly met through imports, and Opec accounts for around 83% of the countrys total crude oil imports.