ONGC Makes Oil, Gas Discoveries in East India

NEW DELHI - State-run explorer Oil & Natural Gas Corp. said Thursday that it has made new oil and gas discoveries in eastern and northeastern India and will invest more than 40.50 billion rupees ($746 million) in revamping some of its western offshore facilities.

The discoveries and the investment decision will help India's top crude producer arrest a trend of declining output over the past five years as most of its producing fields are ageing, apart from boosting earnings.

The company didn't give the estimated reserves or the potential output from the new discoveries.

ONGC plans to spend 29.13 billion rupees by 2016 to modernize infrastructure as it expects its top producing western offshore fields – Mumbai high, Neelam and Heera – to be in operation beyond 2030.

The company will also spend 11.38 billion rupees by 2015 on gas processing complexes of its satellite field, also western offshore.

ONGC, which contributes just under two-thirds of local crude output, has set an ambitious target of doubling production and trebling revenue by 2030.



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