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GE to support ONGC’s exploratory campaign offshore India

GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a multi-million-dollar Frame Agreement by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), India’s largest E&P company. Under the agreement, GE will provide an estimated 55 subsea wellheads (SG5) over next three years for the operator’s offshore drilling campaign, in shallow to medium waters offshore India.

India seeking merger model for possible state oil champion

India is open to discussing a merger of some of its state-run oil producers and refiners to create a larger, stronger national firm, according to the country’s oil minister.

Large deposits of potentially producible gas hydrate found in Indian Ocean

The USGS has assisted the government of India in the discovery of large, highly enriched accumulations of natural gas hydrate in the Bay of Bengal. This is the first discovery of its kind in the Indian Ocean that has the potential to be producible.

Expro secures major well testing contract in India

Expro has been awarded new contracts from India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC).

Pakistan Petroleum reports gas discovery at Hadi X-1A

Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)—operator of the Gambat South Block with a 65% working interest—along with its joint venture partners, Government Holdings Private Limited (25%) and Asia Resources Oil Limited (10%), has announced a gas discovery at the Hadi X-1A exploration well in District Sanghar, Sindh.

Fugro awarded geotechnical site investigation contract by ONGC India

Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation contract by ONGC India for the KG-DWN-98/2 project on the East Coast of India.

India demand surge overtakes LNG otherwise meant for Europe

India’s burgeoning demand for liquefied natural gas is dictating how many tankers make it to Europe, the world’s dumping ground for the fuel.

India’s $27-billion oil quest offers services firms a lifeline

India is offering global oilfield service providers starved of new contracts a $27-billion lifeline as the government’s ambition to cut fuel imports drives fresh investment.

MOL reports new crude oil, gas discovery in Pakistan’s Tal Block

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- MOL Group made a new oil and gas discovery in the MOL-operated TAL Block in Pakistan, the company said.

Putin said to weigh $11-billion Rosneft sale to China, India

Vladimir Putin is considering selling part of Russia’s corporate crown jewels to China and India as the president struggles to meet spending commitments before his possible re-election bid in less than two years.

Cheap oil prompts ONGC’s biggest crude exploration binge

Oil and Natural Gas Corp., India’s biggest explorer, is preparing to spend on its biggest ever crude binge as sub-$50 oil halves the cost of rigs and services.

ONGC sets Indian rig move record

India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has, with the support of Aqualis Offshore, set a new pre-monsoon rig move record offshore India.

Amec Foster Wheeler wins India LNG import, regasification terminal contract

Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Indian Oil LNG Private Ltd. Co. (IOLPL) for the liquefied natural gas terminal in Ennore, Tamil Nadu, on the east coast of India.

Oil’s emerging giant beckons U.S. wildcatters who riled OPEC

The casualties of the U.S. shale bust are being offered a new frontier thousands of miles away in India to remake their fortunes.

Reliance said to revive offshore gas project by end-2017

Reliance Industries Ltd. is preparing to restart work in four offshore oil and gas blocks, including one of India’s biggest natural gas discoveries, as it seeks to revive development activity stalled for seven years by disputes with the government, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

Vallourec inaugurates new Asia-Pacific facility

Vallourec Tube-Alloy, a wholly-owned Vallourec subsidiary, has announced the opening of its new plant in Singapore, to be known as Vallourec Tube-Alloy Asia-Pacific.

Aqualis Offshore secures third ONGC contract

Aqualis Offshore has been reappointed by United India Insurance Company to provide marine warranty services to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited’s (ONGC) assets offshore India.

JDR awarded steel tube contract by GE

JDR, a UK-based supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, has been awarded a contract by GE Oil & Gas, on behalf of operator ONGC, for the Vashishta & S1 project.

Paradigm opens Seismic Center of Excellence in Mumbai

Paradigm has opened a Seismic Center of Excellence in Mumbai, India. The center, staffed by domain experts, will be dedicated to dealing with the challenges associated with the processing, imaging, interpreting and modeling of multi-line 2D seismic surveys.

Oil and gas in the capitals

Jeff Moore, Contributing Editor

An interview with KrisEnergy on the state of Southeast Asia’s E&P sector