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Dharmendra Pradhan: Indian PSUs scouting for discovered oilfields in Russia

14 September 2018 , 12:07Neftegaz.RU562

New Delhi, September 14 - Neftegaz.RU. Oil PSUs are scouting for discovered oil and gas fields in Russia as India looks to bolster energy ties with the resource-rich nation, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, The Times of India reported.


Indian PSUs have already invested $15 billion in picking up stakes in Russian oil & gas projects like Sakhalin-1, he said at a conference on 'India-Russia in 21st Century'. «Our oil & gas PSUs are continuing to explore their participation in more oil and gas projects in Russia. We are working with Russian oil & gas companies for acquisition of quality producing blocks,» he said.


ONGC Videsh in 2001 bought a 20 % stake in the Sakhalin-1 project in Far East Russia.It further bought Imperial Energy a few years later and has recently invested in Vankorneft and TasYuryah along with Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Oil India Ltd and Bharat PetroResources Ltd (BPRL). In return, Russian Rosneft has bought a majority stake in Essar Oil for $12.9 billion.


«Today, Russia is our largest investment destination in the oil & gas sector. I believe that our time-tested relationship has no expiry date. Russia will always be a priority in India's foreign and energy policy and both our countries will remain as a role model for global communities,» he said.


Also, gas utility GAIL has contracted 2.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG from Russia's Gazprom for 20 years, he said. «India has embarked on the path of becoming a gas-based economy. Russian supplies will help us in meeting the objectives of price stability and energy security,» Pradhah added.


Stating that Soviet oil & gas experts had helped ONGC strike Bombay High in the Arabian Sea in the 1960s,he said Soviet technology had also helped in the refining sector in 1960s and 1970s. India and Russia have deeply strengthened their hydrocarbon engagement and have built an 'Energy Bridge' between the 2 nations, he said. «I see huge opportunities for cooperation in various verticals of oil & gas sector.»


«Our energy relations were never as strong as they have become in the last couple of years. Our engagement in the hydrocarbon sector, including some major investments, has become one of the key pillars of our bilateral relations,» Pradhan noted


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