ONGC inks agreement with ExxonMobil for deepwater exploration on Indian east and west coasts
New Delhi, August 17, 2022
The public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) with global petroleum giant ExxonMobil for deepwater exploration on theEast and West coasts of India here today.
The document was signed in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas by Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, Director (Exploration), ONGC and Monte K Dobson, CEO & Lead Country Manager, ExxonMobil India in the presence of Petroleum & Natural Gas Secretary Pankaj Jain.
A press release from ONGC said the collaboration areas focus on the Krishna Godavari and Cauvery Basins in the eastern offshore and the Kutch-Mumbai region in the western offshore.
"There has been a scientific exchange of exploration data in the last few years, which has led to this partnership. Collaboration between ONGC and ExxonMobil will be a strategic fit where ONGC’s knowledge and past experience in these areas will be coupled with ExxonMobil’s global insights," the release said.
Jain said, “Partnerships between a national oil company (NOC) like ONGC and an international oil company (IOC) like ExxonMobil will bring tangible benefits in the entire energy value chain and open new vistas to exploration & production paradigm. This collaboration will boost our confidence in going further ahead in deepwater exploration in the east coast of India where the potential is quite significant."
Srivastava said, “With this strategic collaboration to pursue exploration, I look forward to long lasting partnership. Through the discovery route, ONGC hopes to move to development wherein the inherent strength of ExxonMobil would be beneficial for efficient fast-track monetization. This will enable ONGC to ensure steps towards energy security for India.”
Dobson said, “It’s an exciting opportunity to collaborate with ONGC. Great things happen when the right people collaborate."
He said 25 per cent of the ExxonMobil brain power is currently engaged in evaluating Indian deepwater. ExxonMobil is geared up to take this collaboration to the next level, he added.