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Apollo Global, 1 Squared Capital Looking For Indian Partner For BPCL Bid
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French Oil Major Total’s Passage To India
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Belated Move To Arrest Further Decline In ONGC’s Fortunes
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India’s National Oil Companies Bet On Petrochemicals
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High Retail Prices Push Down Consumption Of Transport Fuels
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Regulation
Royal Dutch Shell Enters LNG Retailing Through Its Terminal
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A Separate Company To Be Formed To Manage E&P Database
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Gujarat Gas On An Aggressive Expansion Strategy
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Liquefied Petroleum Gas: The Star Of The Lockdown Days
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Alternative Energy / Fuel
MoPNG Signs MoU with Companies For CBG Plants
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New Projects
Petronet LNG To Expand Dahej Terminal’s Capacity
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ABB Provides Automation For LPG Terminal At West Bengal
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PM Dedicates Pipeline Project In Tamilnadu
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IOC Starts Land Acquisition For Refinery Project
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PLL, Kochi Gets Approval For LNG Dispensing
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Companies
Joshi Technologies International, Inc.
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RIL Initiates Process To Spin Off O2C As Separate Subsidiary
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Oil India Led Consortium To Bid For BPCL’s Stake In Numaligarh Refinery
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Essar Signs MoU With IIT Dhanbad (ISM) For R&D In CBM Gas
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Cairn Oil & Gas Seeks Bids For Gas From Rajasthan Block
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March 5, 2021: Indian economy has been recovering from the negative impact of the prolonged lockdown. The performance of the auto sector is an indication of the trend in which the economy is growing. The passenger vehicle and two wheeler sales registered an impressive growth in January 2021. Click column Special Database for details.

March 4, 2021: One more dismal month for the domestic natural gas industry. Natural gas Production In January 2021 was down compared to the level in January 2020, LNG import too registered a decline making the total availability of gas for consumption lower than the level in January 2020. Click column Gas Scene for details of production, total and company-wise, import, total availability and consumption-total and sector-wise.

February 25, 2021 | Privatisation Not The Answer To Consumer Woes: The Modi government wanted to inject competition in India’s petroleum industry by privatising the second largest and the most efficient Oil Marketing PSU, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL). This policy stance has not met with any great resistance from any quarter save for some muted expressions of restiveness from the trade unions. But it forces us to now confront the question that has loomed before us: does competition in the petroleum sector really yield efficiency gains for the consumer? It must be acknowledged that fair competition helps create a healthy market that ultimately benefits the consumer and the market players themselves. However the phrase has never been clearly defined in the Indian context. What precisely did petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan mean when he spoke of competition? Can mere privatization of BPCL raise the level of competition in India's oil and gas sector? Click Free Access column Petro Intelligence for an insightful piece on the subject.
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Will look at alternate energy if OPEC+ doesn’t fix crude shortage: Pradhan
March 5, 2021: India will set its eyes on alternative energy if oil producing countries do not fix the supply imbalance that has led to a rise in crude oil prices according to Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Speaking at the CERAWeek conference by IHS Markit, Pradhan said that an artificial shortage has been created by   more..


Asian diesel glut to swell as Indian oil refiners boost exports
March 5, 2021: Asia's diesel glut looks likely to worsen and may weigh on the profit margins of refiners as Indian processors seek to export more of the fuel and China is awash with a domestic surplus. Refiners from Bharat Petroleum Corp. to Hindustan Petroleum Corp. issued a flurry of tenders over the past   more..


IndianOil proposes sale of hydrogen facilities instead of oil, gas pipelines: Report
March 5, 2021: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is not very keen on selling a stake in its pipelines and has instead proposed to sell some of its hydrogen-producing facilities. Indian Oil plans to hive off some of its hydrogen-producing units and sulphur recovery facilities at its refineries to a separate entity and sell stakes   more..


Reliance looks to green energy, hydrogen as aims for net zero
March 5, 2021: Reliance Industries, operator of the world's biggest refining complex, said on Wednesday its non-energy businesses and increased use of renewable power would help it meet a goal of net zero carbon by 2035. The leading petrochemical producer and operator of a refining complex in the western   more..


Qatar embarks on LNG sales campaign after approving expansion
March 5, 2021: Executives from the top exporter of liquefied natural gas are jetting around the globe in a whirlwind bid to strike competitive deals with the fastest growing customers. They need to. Qatar, the world’s largest producer of the fuel, last month approved a $29 billion plan to boost capacity   more..


Petrol price can come down to Rs 75 if brought under GST, but there is lack of political will: SBI Economists
March 5, 2021: Petrol price can go down to Rs 75 a litre across the country if brought under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but there is a lack of political will, which is keeping Indian oil product prices at one of the highest in the world, economists at SBI said on Thursday. Diesel will come at Rs 68 a litre   more..


Chinese hackers targeted India’s oil and gas assets, Indian Railways, says Recorded Future
March 5, 2021: After ringing alarm bells over the Chinese cyber-attacks on India’s power infrastructure, US-based Recorded Future on March 4 said that other than 10 power sector assets including state-run NTPC and Power Sector Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), two ports, oil and gas assets and the Indian Railways were   more..


Reliance Power-JERA Co JV achieves financial closure for 745 mw Bangladesh unit
March 5, 2021: Reliance Bangladesh LNG & Power Ltd is a 51:49 per cent joint venture between Reliance Power and JERA Co. Inc, which is implementing a 745 MW (net output: 718 MW) natural gas combined-cycle power project at Meghnaghat, near Dhaka. "The project company has achieved financial closure for   more..

Petropulse / Guest Column
The relationship between Oil and the U.S. Dollar. How it has changed in the 21st Century?
By Shriram Jatar & Maj .Gen.S.C.N, Jatar*   Shriram Jatar & SCN JatarThe bedrock of today's global economy and more...

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Glut In US Crude Pushes Down Price : Indian Wrestling With Options.
On Friday oil prices went down by 5 per cent. WTI $67.50/barrel; Brent 76.40/barrel. This difference between WTI and Brent is confusing. Normally Brent should only be about $2 costlier at most. According to market experts, the lower WTI price has to do with a glut of production in the US and lack of more...

IOC steps into Oman with acquisition
Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest Oil Marketing Company (OMC), recently acquired global major’s Shell's stake (of 17 percent) in the Makhaizna oilfield in Oman for more...

Some good news for the Indian partners from Mozambique
The Mozambique project in which Indian firms ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) and Bharat Petro Resources Ltd (BPRL) have a stake has seen some positive news of late. Anadarko Petroleum’s, (the operator) plan to export LNG from Mozambique’s Rovuma Basin through its two trains moved closer to achieving the crucial Final more...

Visit of Iranian President opens a sliver of hope for Farzad-B deal?
The Indian side seems to be making one last concerted effort to revive the proposed Indian investment to develop the large Farzad-B field in Iran during the forthcoming visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to India. The field was discovered by the Indian consortium of ONGC Videsh (OVL), Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Indian more...

Indian PSUs to Aggressively Pursue EOR/IOR Projects
Faced with declining production from its ageing fields and encouraged by the scheme of incentives in the newly announced EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) policy, ONGC and Oil India Ltd (OIL) are preparing to enhance their investment in EOR projects. There has been no major commercial oil or gas discovery in India more...

Iran Announces Deals With Countries, No mention Of India
A senior Iranian oil official has indicated that his country was looking to sign big deals with companies from Russia, Europe, China etc- but there was no mention of India. Iran was also looking to sign large deals with Japanese, Chinese and Korean companies for upgrading some of its refineries. This development where India more...

ONGC’s Search For Producing Assets
In recent times, there has been considerable noise generated about the Government’s proposal to allow private sector firms to take equity stake in the blocks earlier given to the flagship PSU firms on a nomination basis. This was ostensibly to help increase production from these fields, as it was felt that the private more...

CERA Week sees plenty of action
There was plenty of action at the CERA Week held in New Delhi over the past few days. It was firstly in itself notable that this forum was held in India, being normally held in Houston. In fact, the Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan emphasized as much and also felt that going forward, the conclave more...

Hydrocarbon Re-assessment Exercise Progressing As Scheduled
The multi-organisation team comprising Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Oil India Ltd (OIL) and Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has been carrying out the exercise of reassessing hydrocarbon resources in the country. According to official sources, as on March 31, 2017, the team has completed more...

Special Reports
Time for Introspection and redefining wealth and the basis for economic planning
March 3, 2021: Over emphasis on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) without taking into account the impact to Mother Earth’s Ecological systems (resource abuse) and consideration of equanimity for all has already shown the ill effects all around the world. And worse still is the fact that the sinner does not necessarily pay more...

Promoting additional coal mining and production-is it green growth?
October 27, 2020: In a month when it has kicked off the auction of 41 coal fields for commercial mining, the government has released the first comprehensive national assessment of human-induced climate change and its impact on India, spelling out the consequences of persisting with a carbon-heavy path.   more...

Climate Action- Achieving Green and Inclusive Growth
August 7, 2020: The Vadodara-based Centre For Fuel Studies & Research in a report titled Climate Action-Achieving Green & Inclusive Growth has attempted to comprehend the status of climate change occurring on account of human actions concentrated on economic growth and urgency to act to rectify the situation. All the more...

Crude collapse to crush US petchem advantage
By: Joseph Chang, Global Editor, ICIS Chemical Business The collapse in crude oil prices is wiping out much of the US petrochemical competitive advantage while global demand is being slammed by the continuing spread of the coronavirus. Financial markets are seizing up, throwing a wet blanket on new more...

Bina Refinery In Madhya Pradesh In News Again
Bharat Oman Refineries Ltd (BORL), jointly owned by the state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Oman Oil Company as a 50:50 joint Venture is in the news again.   The refinery is called Bina refinery because it is located at Bina in the more...

Points to Ponder: Open letter to Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani
The Baroda-based, Centre For Fuel Studies & Research (CFSR), finds that the 5000 MW Solar PV project announced by the government of Gujarat has certain basic flaws. It has, in a comprehensive letter, urged the state Chief Minister to review the project.   more...

Views
Speech of Former Petroleum Secretary, T.S. Vijayaraghavan, on Indias Petroleum Sector
Demand & Growth: India's Crude Oil demand has risen from 0.65 Million Barrels a day in 1980 to 3.7 Million barrels and will reach 4 Million by 2016. Internal production is now less than 0.8 Million Barrels a day. It more...

The KG basin price hike socialises costs and privatises profits
Why the Rangarajan Committee's complex pricing formula will inflict heavy burdens on the power and fertiliser sectors and give a private gas producer windfall profits? The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has proposed to increase the price of natural gas from the Krishna Godavari (KG) more...

Fire From Ice: A Promising New Energy Source
Massive imports of oil and natural gas have exacerbated India’s big trade deficit, which is a hurdle to the acceleration of economic growth. Light at the end of the tunnel comes from a technological breakthrough last week by JOGMEC (Japan Oil Gas and Metals National Corporation). It succeeded in extracting natural gas more...

The Diesel Subsidy Hole
Under-recovery on diesel as per the Indian petroleum ministry website was . 10.94 a litre in February 2012 when the procurement price was . 37.80 per litre ($122.06 a barrel). The diesel under-recoveries are expected to exceed . 750 billion at average price of $95.66 a barrel while total annual shortfall due to fuel subsidies more...

Personalities
Sanjay Sharma To Head Goodyear Lubricants’ Sri Lanka Territory
Sanjay SharamaSanjay Sharma, Country Head Sales, Marketing & Operations of Assurance Intl Limited-Goodyear Lubricants, has been delineated the responsibility for the whole of sales operation for the Sri Lankan more...

Arup Sinha Takes Over As ED - Northern Region, IOC
Arup Sinha Indian Oil Corporation, the country's largest fuel retailer, announced that Arup Sinha has taken over as Executive Director (Regional Services) for the company's Northern Region division which more...

Indian Petro Scene - In a Nutshell
On April 10, 2018 www.indianoilandgas.com entered the 25th year of service to the Indian and international oil and gas industry. When the hardcopy version with its masthead, Indian Oil & Gas, came out 25 years ago, India’s petroleum industry was almost totally controlled by the government. India was not rated high either as a producer or consumer of crude and petroleum products. Today, India is the world’s third largest importer of crude and second largest importer of LPG and Asia’s largest exporter of petroleum products. Without violating the government norms regarding dissemination of information, www.indianoilandgas.com has been consistently helping the industry with authentic articles and data on all areas of oil and gas industry.

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Privatisation Not The Answer To Consumer Woes
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India Must Buy Near Location Oil & Gas Assets
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Global Oil Majors’ Entry Into India’s Fuel Retailing Inevitable
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Ethanol Doping Conundrum
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Foreign Investment
Environmental Clearance Received For Nayara’s Gujarat Expansion
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AG&P Inks MoU With TN Government To Develop CGD Infrastructure
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Tesla To Set Up Electric Car Manufacturing Unit In Southern India
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Overseas Investment
Sri Lanka To Re-Acquire 99 Oil Tanks Leased To IOC
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Moza LNG Is Deal Of The Year
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Gas Scene
Domestic Natural Gas Scene In January Presents A Dismal picture
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global And Domestic
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Domestic Natural Gas Scene in December 2020
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Update: LNG imports over the years and sector-wise consumption of natural gas
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Update: CGD and LNG Terminals in India
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Major natural gas pipelines in India
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global & Domestic
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Latest Demand Projections for Natural Gas
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Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas development in India
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global and Domestic
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Capacity Utilisation of LNG Regasification Terminals (As on November 1,2020)
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Domestic Natural Gas Scene Improves In October, But Still Below 2019 Level
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Market Natural Gas and CGD: Attractive Industry
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global And Domestic
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Natural Gas : Historic Data On Domestic Production, Import & Consumption
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Gas to peak last among fossil fuels
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Passenger Vehicle, Two Wheeler Sales Clock Growth In January
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Domestic Natural Scene In January 2021
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Break-up of consumption data (PSU and Private)
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Import of Petroleum Products Drops Sharply In January
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India’s Crude Oil Import Down In January, OPEC Share Falls
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Petroleum Products Consumption Recovery Continues But Growth Rate Slows
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Analysis of Crude Oil Processed By Indian Refineries In January 2021
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Production, Consumption and Surplus of Petroleum Products since FY 2009-10
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Update: Distillate Yield Of PSU Refineries
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India’s Declining Petroleum Subsidy / Under-Recovery
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Indian Rig Count vs. Indian Basket Crude Price in December 2020
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Weightage of crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products in Wholesale Price Index (WPI)
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Global Rig Count Up
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Indian crude oil basket price In January 2020
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Ethanol Blending With Petrol Touches A New High
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Petroleum Products Import Edges Up As Economic Activities Pick Up
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Total Crude imports Up In December 2020, OPEC Share Down
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HS Crude Share Sharply Down In Indian Refineries In December 2020
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Status of blocks under OALP and DSF Rounds (As on 1st October, 2020)
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Historic Data: Refinery- wise, Sector-wise Crude Processing
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Power supplied and deficit: Region-wise position for December 2020
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Petroleum Products Consumption Edges Up In December 2020
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