Mining mogul Anil Agarwal has said his company Vedanta Ltd will invest over USD 6 billion to double oil and gas production to 4,00,000 barrels per day in 3 -4 years, but wants the government to extend Rajasthan oil field licence without any condition.
Agarwal, who was one of the two dozen CEOs of top global and Indian firms to have brainstormed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ways to increase domestic output yesterday, said India has about 70 billion barrels of resources that can be produced for 35 years.
Right policies and unencumbered clearances, according to Agarwal, should be given without delays. "I feel that except for environment clearance, there should be no other clearance required," he said.
"But we are investing more. We are determined to double the oil and oil equivalent of gas production to 4,00,000 barrels per day in 3-4 years," he said. "We are investing Rs 40,000 crore more in Rajasthan and other fields."
During first half of the current fiscal, Vedanta Ltd produced over 1,84,000 barrels of oil and oil equivalent gas (boepd). The Rajasthan block produced 1,56,278 boepd.
"Asking for 10 per cent more profit petroleum (for extension) will make it unviable," the Vedanta chief said.
"The extension should have been automatic. People will come and invest only when policies and conditions are not changed mid-way," he said.
"We are not going to actually export, but if we have an export permission, the domestic buyers will have to match the best price such crude oil will get," he said, adding that the government would be the biggest beneficiary as 80 per cent of the price realised goes to it in the form of taxes and statutory levies.
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