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Vedanta wants US oil services consortium to develop 41 new blocks in India

Vedanta hopes to receive offers from companies including Schlumberger NV, Halliburton Co and General Electric's Baker Hughes by the first quarter of next year

Reuters  |  Houston 


Resources wants US oilfield services to set up consortia to help develop the 41 blocks in India acquired this year by its Oil & Gas unit, the company's chairman said on Thursday.

Chairman and Chief Executive Sudhir Mathur met with executives from 70 services this week in Houston to encourage the firms to organise consortia to compete for contracts, Agarwal said in a briefing.

"They're very encouraged by the 41 blocks and they're looking to work together," Agarwal said.

The company won 41 of the 55 blocks auctioned under India's first licensing round for small discovered fields earlier this year. It expects the blocks will eventually produce 500,000 barrels per day of oil equivalent, said Mathur.

Some of the acquired blocks are near existing fields and could be producing as early as 12 months to 18 months after contracts are awarded, he said.

hopes to receive offers from including Schlumberger NV , Halliburton Co and General Electric's Baker Hughes by the first quarter of next year, he said.

Vedanta hopes to speed up development of the blocks by getting the oilfield firms to organise consortia that would deliver integrated services. It is hoping to get "at least four" groups to submit bids and will offer incentives to the consortia that can beat production targets, he said.

"If we have one unified team, the decision-making can be faster," said Mathur. "It will be better to work in a joint fashion."

First Published: Fri, November 30 2018. 06:13 IST