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Why are the Majors interested in deepwater India?

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27 January 2023

Why are the Majors interested in deepwater India?

Report summary

ExxonMobil, Total and Chevron are looking at deepwater opportunities with state-owned ONGC, with more partnerships in the pipeline. They have been lured by the availability of new unexplored blocks, attractive fiscal terms and rising prices. India’s vast energy market holds many attractions. Not just scale and growth, but also a compelling decarbonisation narrative as gas is required to displace coal. However, for this switch to materialize more domestic production is required to reduce reliance on expensive LNG imports. The OALP-IX bid round was launched in 2022, featuring basins that were previously off-limits. However, the new blocks are in remote, high-risk plays and lead times will be long. Lingering concerns remain over above-ground bureaucracy, red tape and regulatory tinkering. We look at the pros and cons, the acreage, geology, gas market and pricing, and ask - is the risk/reward balance in deepwater exploration sufficiently tempting to bring in the industry’s big players?

Table of contents

  • 1) New area access and geological prospectivity
  • 2) Fiscal and regulatory enhancements
  • 3) Gas pricing and marketing freedom
  • 4) The Indian gas market
  • 5) Bangladesh - collateral benefits?
  • 1) Historical exploration (non-) success
  • 2) Major’s strategy: The big picture
  • 3) We need more than MoUs

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Before: restricted areas in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • After: restricted areas in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • MAP: Indian blocks on offer (by basin) and gas infrastructure
  • Asia Pacific deepwater gas - a fiscal comparison
  • India's average domestic gas price and ceiling, historical and forecast*
  • India primary energy demand
  • India gas supply, by source
  • Creaming curves for two key offshore basins, the Krishna-Godavari (KG) and Mumbai-Saurashtra

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