Government scraps plan to privatise oilfields


Government scraps plan to privatise oilfields

The government has shelved the plan to privatise several key ageing fields of ONGC and Oil India following strong opposition from the state-run companies and consultations between the oil ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office. The two companies will now draw up their own proposals to boost output from the fields.

The oil ministry drew up a detailed plan last year to sell up to 60% participating interest in 11 ageing fields of ONGC and four of Oil India to private companies under the so called Production Enhancement Contract (PEC) aimed at raising output. The plan also included another 44 older fields of ONGC and Oil India that could take on private technological partners under a process managed by the government.

ET was the first to report on May 31 last year that the government planned to privatise some of the ONGC and Oil India fields. Soon after the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), the technical arm of the oil ministry, began circulating its draft policy paper on oilfield privatisation, ONGC launched a strong protest, triggering a pause among policymakers and exchanges between the oil ministry and the PMO. Read More

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