Indian Stake in Russian Oil Companies

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval to an Indian Consortium comprising Oil India Limited (OIL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Bharat Petro Resources Limited (BPRL) for acquiring: 23.9 percent stake in JSC Vankorneft and 29.9 percent stake in LLC Taas-Yuryakh from M/s Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), the National Oil Company (NOC) of Russian Federation (Russia).

Rosneft operates Vankor and Tass-Yuryakh fields and are its wholly owned subsidiaries.

The acquisition of stake in Vankorneft will provide 6.56 Million Metric Ton of Oil Equivalent (MMTOE) and 29.9 percent stake in Taas-Yuryakh will provide 0.5 MMTOE initially and 1.5 MMTOE by 2019.

The acquisition is in line with India’s stated objective of adding high quality international assets to its Exploration & Production portfolio and thereby augmenting India’s energy security.

The Consortium will be paying US $ 2020.35 million for acquiring stake in Vankorneft and US $ 1242 million for acquiring stake in Taas-Yuryakh.

Earlier in May 2016 ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) completed the formalities of acquiring15% stake in Vankorneft at the cost of US $ 1.284 billion which gave OVL 4.11 MMTOE.

Significance:

The acquisition will add 8.06 MMTOE to India’s overseas oil and gas asset.

It will also provide an opportunity to Indian public sector Oil and Gas companies to absorb newer technologies with Rosneft and British Petroleum (BP).

BP acquired 20% stake in Taas-Yuryakh from Rosneft last year.

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