India Can’t Drill Solo To Meet Oil Supply Goals, Says Consultant

India Can’t Drill Solo To Meet Oil Supply Goals, Says Consultant

India needs overseas help to raise production from its aging oil fields and meet its goal of lowering crude imports by 2022, according to consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

The country’s exploration companies such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd and Oil India Ltd should consider partnering with overseas counterparts to boost oil recovery from their mature assets in the short term in order to reach Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of cutting imports by 10% in five years, Neal Anderson, president of Wood Mackenzie, said on Tuesday. Seeking to raise output through only new discoveries will take too long, he said.

“Opening up exploration has such a long lead time,” Anderson said. “And it will not meet the five-year timeline.”

India’s efforts to cut its reliance on crude imports, which meet more than 80% of its needs, has been complicated by a slide in domestic production as consumption surges. To help raise its own supply, the world’s fastest-growing oil user said it wants $300 billion in investments over the next 10 years and is finalizing a new policy to encourage producers to increase output from existing fields. Read More…

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