ExxonMobil ‘plans clean energy partnership in India

ExxonMobil ‘plans clean energy partnership in India

US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil is poised to forge a green energy joint venture in India, according to reports there.
The fossil group is in talks to form the JV with Indian state-owned gas group GAIL, said financial news source LiveMint.

“The discussions are on. We are likely to make an announcement in a fortnight or so,” said GAIL chairman BC Tripathi, according to LiveMint. A second, unnamed source was quoted as saying ExxonMobil would invest in the JV to boost its presence in the clean energy sector.

No further details were given over what particular area of clean energy the JV would target. However, GAIL is certainly interested in its own wind power ambitions, as demonstrated by its bid for almost 900MW of operating turbine capacity put up for sale by India’s IL&FS.

GAIL made the highest bid for those assets, but lost out when their existing minority owner, Japanese finance group Orix, exercised an option to take full control itself. Read More

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