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Middle East Crude Producers More Sinned Against Than Sinning?
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Feasibility Of Swap Deal For Russian Crude Under Examination
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Rosneft’s India Strategy Seeks Consolidation In Refining, Retailing
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India’s E&P Investments In Neighbouring Countries Facing Uncertainty
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Refineries In For Fresh Problems, GRMs May Drop Further
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Regulation
FSRU: Shell, GDF, Tantalized India, H-Energy Delivered
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Cairn Energy Lacked Diplomacy, Relented A Bit Late
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Oil PSUs Manage To Exceed Capex Target For Covid-Hit FY 21
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Hydrogen Becomes A Subject Of Intense Discussion In India
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Alternative Energy / Fuel
Deep In Fossil Fuel Business, IOC Attempts Clean Energy play
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New Projects
Air Products’ Kochi Complex Supplying Syngas to BPCL
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L&T To Build Mega Oil And Gas Supply Base In Saudi Arabia
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LTHE Wins Significant Contracts In Oil & Gas Sector
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Torrent To Set Up 300 MW Solar Project In Gujarat
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The Fuel Delivery Signs Pan-India Agreement With IndianOil
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Companies
Adani Welspun Exploration Limited
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Adani Enterprises Incorporates Wholly-Owned Arm MPL
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bp And Infosys Announce Strategic Collaboration To Reduce Emissions At Campuses and Cities
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BPCL Collaborates With Accenture To Digitally Transform Its Sales And Distribution Network
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May 7, 2021: Indian Basket (IB), also known as Indian Crude Basket, is weighted average of Dubai and Oman (sour) and the Brent Crude (sweet) crude oil prices. It is used as an indicator of the price of crude imports in India and Government of India watches the index when examining domestic price issues. Click column Special Database to find price movements in Indian Crude Basket in April.

May 6, 2021: Reflecting the trend in consumption, the quantity of crude oil processed varied in complexity. The share of domestic crude was marginally up and high sulphur crude down in March 2021 compared to the level In March 2020. Click column Special Database for details.

May 5, 2021: Passenger Vehicle. Two Wheeler Sales Up In March. Click column Special Database for details.

April 26, 2021| Numaligarh Refinery Merger: The New Paradigm In The North East | www.indianoilandgas.com has strong views on the concept of an integrated oil company which has almost become a shibboleth in India's petroleum universe. Its columns had explained how the idea had been corrupted and abused in India. There is nothing wrong with the concept as such and it is good for the growth of a company. However, India is a very different playground and what is applicable elsewhere need not always succeed here. The so-called integrated structure turned out to be a near disaster for India’s upstream major ONGC. But for Oil India, it can prove to be a blessing. Leadership matters. The compulsions of the region will justify OIL and NRL merging to create an integrated oil company. Click Free Access Column Petro Intelligence for a comprehensive piece on the subject.
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India offers to lift regular Saudi oil volumes in June after May cuts
May 8, 2021: Indian state refiners on Thursday placed orders for regular supplies from Saudi Aramco for June, after reducing purchases this month, drawn by lower prices by the world's top oil exporter, four sources said on Thursday. The refiners - Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL.NS),   more..


Govt To Sell Its Entire Stake In BPCL For $6.9 Billion
May 8, 2021: Government of India is moving with plans to sell its entire stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India's second-biggest state refiner, according to people familiar with the matter, said a Bloomberg report. Mumbai-headquartered BPCL is an Indian government oil and gas   more..


India asks PSBs to withdraw cash held abroad over dispute with Cairn Energy
May 8, 2021: Indian authorities have asked the state-run banks to withdraw funds from their foreign currency accounts amid fears that Cairn Energy may try to seize the cash following an arbitration ruling in a tax dispute. In December last year, a Hague-based international arbitration tribunal held that New Delhi must return   more..


HPCL board issues NCDs
May 8, 2021: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) had issued Un-secured, Redeemable, Non-Convertible, Non-Cumulative, taxable, Debenture of Rs.10,00,000/- each aggregating to Rs.19.50 billion on private placement basis on 07-05-2021 funding of capital expenditure of the issuer, including recoupment of expenditure already incurred.    more..


Fitch Affirms HPCL-Mittal Energy at ‘BB’; Outlook Negative
May 8, 2021: Fitch Ratings has affirmed India-based HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited's (HMEL) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'BB'. The Outlook remains Negative. The agency has also affirmed the ratings on the company's US dollar senior unsecured notes at 'BB-'. The Negative Outlook   more..


Indian refinery runs fall in May as Covid worsens
May 8, 2021: India's Covid-19 outbreak is continuing to affect the country's refinery operations as state-controlled oil firms adjust to falling demand and labour shortages. Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) has reduced throughput at its 240,000 b/d Mumbai and 310,000 b/d Kochi refineries this month. Runs have been cut by the   more..


COVID to shave-off 20-25 per cent of auto fuel demand in April
May 8, 2021: India's second wave of coronavirus infections and the resultant city and state-specific restrictions may shave-off about 20-25 per cent of auto fuel demand in April, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Thursday and estimated a modest impact on oil demand in the absence of a full nationwide lockdown.   more..


Petrol and diesel price on 7th May 2021: Price hiked for 4th day running
May 8, 2021: Prices of Petrol and Diesel continue to march higher, now increasing for the fourth day in a row. Petrol in Delhi today costs Rs 91.27 per litre, up 28 paise since yesterday. Diesel in Delhi costs Rs 81.73 litre, an increase of 31 paise. Prices were first changed on Tuesday after an 18 hiatus. Bharat Petroleum   more..

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To make sense of sensational news covering high petrol and diesel prices
Dr. B hamy V ShenoyDr. Bhamy V Shenoy | March 15, 2021: Under UPA when crude oil price reached a high of $147 per barrel in May, 2008, petrol price in Delhi was around Rs. 50 per liter. On February 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
Future Power Grid Vision - Grid Of Microgrids - Part 1
April 9, 2021: The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Recent prolonged blackout in Texas (Snow storm) is showcasing that point as it suddenly rivals California (Forest wildfires) in proving the need for microgrids. Sustainable energy is the more...

Future of India’s transport story is renewable biogas
Vinod Paremalby Vinod Paremal | Biogas extracted from waste/bio-mass help India cut its dependency to import oil for meeting its needs. Petrol and diesel more...

Time for Introspection and redefining wealth and the basis for economic planning
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 the price but more...

Promoting additional coal mining and production-is it green growth?
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
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 issues with 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...

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
ONGC CMD Subhash Kumar Appointed As Additional Director Of Petronet LNG
Subhash KumarONGC Limited's officiating Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) and Director (Finance) Subhash Kumar has been appointed as Additional Director on the board of Petronet LNG Limited. Kumar has been more...

Biswajit Roy, Director HR Of OIL Retires On June 30
Biswajit RoyBiswajit Roy, who is currently serving as Director (HR) of Oil India Ltd (OIL), is to superannuate on June 30. Roy was elevated as the director, human resources & business development, at Oil India in more...

Indian Petro Scene - In a Nutshell
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Overseas Investment
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Gas Sector Presents A Positive Picture In March 2021
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Sector-wise Consumption Of R-LNG, Domestic Gas Since FY 2018-19
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Natural Gas: India’s Increasing Import Dependency
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Domestic Natural Gas Scene In March 2021
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global and Domestic
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CGD Becomes An Attractive Business In India
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Sector-Wise Natural Gas Consumption In February 2021
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Domestic Natural Gas Scene in February In 2021
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Natural Gas Price Trends: Global & Domestic
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Domestic Natural Gas Scene In January Presents A Dismal picture
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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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Latest Demand Projections for Natural Gas
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Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas development in India
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Capacity Utilisation of LNG Regasification Terminals (As on November 1,2020)
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Market Natural Gas and CGD: Attractive Industry
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Indian Basket Of Crude Price In April 2021
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Crude Oil Processed In Indian Refineries In March 2021
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Passenger Vehicle. Two Wheeler Sales Up In March
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Petroleum Products Consumption In March Registers An Impressive Growth
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Crude Processing In Indian Refineries, An Update
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Update of company-wise, sector-wise and total refining capacity
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Ethanol Blending With Petrol Program Touches All-time High
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OPEC Forecasts Increase In Oil Demand In 2021
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Indian Drilling Rig Count
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Auto Sales Register Impressive Growth
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Global rig count for the month of February 2021
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Crude price movements in Indian Basket of Crude in March 2021
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India’s Sinking Self Sufficiency in Petroleum Products
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Update: Domestic Oil & Gas Production vis-à-vis Overseas Production
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Fall In Capex Of PSU Oil Companies, Steep, But Less Than Feared
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India’s Petroleum Products Import Up In February
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Crude Oil Import Declines In February, OPEC Share Down
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Petroleum Products Consumption Recovery Crosses 95% In February
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Power supplied and deficit: Region-wise position for February 2021
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Analysis of Crude Oil Processed By Indian Refineries In February 2021
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Gross Refining Margins (GRM) of Indian Refineries (April-December 2020)
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End-use Analysis Of HSD Sales
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Indian Rig Count Drops As The Global Rig Count Goes Up
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