Wednesday, July 17, 2013

3 oil blocks in nomination basis - Are we competitive enough in oil exploration sector?

"Iraq offered three discovered oil blocks (Middle Furat oilfields) to India...agreed to consider investing in the 300,000 barrels/day of Paradip refinery..."  – Reuters

India got 3 discovered oil blocks, fine. But, anyone noticed the catch here? All are on nomination basis!!! Russia, Central Asia and now Middle East... its more to do with government to government (G2G) relations than acquiring assets from competitive open markets. I don't believe this is the way to go forward. Our oil exploration companies have to elevate their profile, become competitive on their own. So that they can bid and purchase oil and gas blocks abroad, even without the weight of GOI.

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