India’s Top Oil Producer Spends $1.2 Billion to Buy Gas Block

India’s Top Oil Producer Spends $1.2 Billion to Buy Gas Block

India’s biggest oil and gas producer will pay as much as $1.2 billion to buy a majority stake in a gas field off the country’s east coast, aiming to boost production as the country seeks to cut energy imports.

State-owned Oil Producer and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd.’s board approved the purchase of an 80 percent stake in Gujarat State Petroleum Corp.’s deepwater block in the Krishna Godavari basin, it said in a statement on Friday. The New Delhi-based company will pay $995.26 million for the Deen Dayal West Field, the largest discovery in the KG-OSN-2001/3 block, with estimated natural gas reserves of 1.1 trillion cubic feet.

It will pay​ another $200 million for six other discoveries in the block located in the Bay of Bengal. The block has likely total reserves of at least 11.2 trillion cubic feet, according to GSPC’s annual report for the year ended March 31.

The acquisition fits well with the strategy of ONGC to enhance natural gas production from domestic fields on a faster pace the company said, adding that trial gas production from Deen Dayal West Field has already started Read More…

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