Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said on Monday it had signed an agreement with an Indian consortium awarding the latter the exploration rights for an onshore block. Two Indian companies – Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and Indian Oil Corp – will together hold a 100 per cent stake in the exploration phase for Onshore Block 1, ADNOC said in a statement.
The Indian firms will invest up to 626 million dirhams ($170 million), including a participation fee, to explore and appraise oil and gas in the block. If successful, the consortium will be able to develop and produce any discoveries with an option for ADNOC to hold a 60 per cent stake in the production phase.
The agreements, which have a term of 35 years, conclude Abu Dhabi’s first-ever competitive block bid round, ADNOC said. Read More
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