Category — Oil & Gas
India will launch its first-ever bid round for exploration of shale oil and gas by December 2013, Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy.
“We are pursuing the development of shale gas in the country. We have undertaken the mapping of shale gas resources and are working to put in place a regulatory regime for licensing round in shale gas, by December 2013,” he said. Six basins, Cambay, Assam-Arakan, Gondawana, KG onshore, Cauvery onshore and Indo Gangetic basins, have been identified that may have shale gas potential.
Shale gas —- gas trapped in sedimentary rocks below the earth’s surface —- is the new focus area in the US, Canada and China as an alternative to conventional oil and gas for meeting growing energy needs.
These unconventional deposits have raised estimates for US gas reserves from 30 years to 100 years at current usage rates. Shale gas deposits were not considered worth tapping before Houston billionaire George P Mitchell pioneered new extraction “Fracking” techniques. In fact India’s Reliance Industries has invested almost a billion dollars in Marcellus shale reserves across the American East.
April 23, 2012 No Comments
According to global deal tracking firm Dealogic, India’s inbound M&A volume has surged to $23.4 billion, about equal to the record level of 2007.
American companies were involved in 17 per cent of the inbound mergers in India making the US the second most active conuntry. The United Kingdom was the top acquirer into India with deals worth $15 billion; BP’s $9 billion big for Reliance Industries’ oil and gas blocks was the largest piece. Other countries that were active were Germany (6 per cent), Japan (4 per cent), Denmark (3 per cent).
July 30, 2011 No Comments
Coal India Limited is getting ready to invest $100 million in return for 15 percent of a a joint venture in Australia. The 85 percent owner of the JV will be the world’s largest private sector coal company, Peabody headquartered in St Louis, Missouri, not far from where I attended business school.
The object of desire is the Wilkie Creek coal mine, in Queensland, Australia, which has an estimated coal reserve of 400 million tonnes. It is located in the Surat Basin of southeast Queensland and produces 2.35 million tonnes of low-sulphur, low-nitrogen thermal coal annually.
Coal India, which had its initial public offering in 2010, touched a 52-week high, with the share shooting up 2.37% in early trade. By the end of day, the stock had jumped 3.25%, in a market that was otherwise subdued. The rally helped Coal India surpass another state-run Indian energy giant, ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation), in terms of market capitalization.
What this means:
India’s burgeoning energy demands are sending companies, government owned and private, in the search for resources worldwide. Note that Indian companies made investments in shale gas and coal mines in the Eastern USA last year.
May 21, 2011 No Comments
GMR Energy announced the signing of a long-term service agreement with GE Energy for the expansion of the Vemagiri power plant in Andhra Pradesh.
Powered by two GE frame 9FA gas turbine-generators, the plant will produce over 768 MW of additional electricity by 2012. Under a 15-year contractual service agreement, GE will supply parts, services and repairs for the gas turbines. “By teaming up with GE, we are positioning the Vemagiri plant to make a long-term contribution to a modern and efficient energy infrastructure,” GMR Group CEO (Energy) Raaj Kumar said.
March 7, 2011 No Comments
When I was part of the Presidential Executive Mission to India last November, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney flanked Barack Obama in his first public appearances in Mumbai. Immelt’s GE Energy unit had just won its largest order in India to supply six gas turbines, three steam turbines and generators for a 2,400 megawatt power plants being built by billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Energy in the small town of Samalkota, Andhra Pradesh.
Last month, President Obama was at General Electric’s plant where these turbines are being built. Here is what he had to say
That’s why I traveled to India a few months ago — and Jeff was there with us — where our businesses were able to reach agreement to export $10 billion in goods and services to India. And that’s going to lead to another 50,000 jobs here in the United States. (Applause.) Part of the reason I wanted to come to this plant is because this plant is what that trip was all about. As part of the deal we struck in India, GE is going sell advanced turbines — the ones you guys make — to generate power at a plant in Samalkot, India — Samalkot, India. Most of you hadn’t heard of Samalkot — (laughter) — but now you need to know about it, because you’re going to be selling to Samalkot, India. And that new business halfway around the world is going to help support more than 1,200 manufacturing jobs and more than 400 engineering jobs right here in this community — because of that sale. (Applause.)
So it’s a perfect example of why promoting exports is so important. That’s why I’ve set a goal of doubling American exports within five years. And we’re on track to do it. We’re already up 18 percent and we’re just going to keep on going, because we’re going to sell more and more stuff all around the world. (Applause.) When a company sells products overseas, it leads to hiring on our shores. The deal in Samalkot means jobs in Schenectady. That’s how we accelerate growth.
I have maintained that exports from America are crucial to the recovery. Exports to India can go up by 500 percent or more in five years, if governments are supportive. This is good for poor farmers in near Samalkot whose children can’t get light to study at night. It is good for engineers in New York. Let’s make it happen, friends.
February 5, 2011 No Comments