ONGC Videsh’s additional 11% Vankor stake buy gets Cabinet nod

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The Union Cabinet today approved Videsh buying an additional 11 per cent stake in Russia’s Vankor oil field for USD 930 million.

OVL, the overseas arm of state-owned (ONGC), had in May this year completed of 15 per cent stake in Vankor oil field for USD 1.28 billion.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Modi, has given its approval to an by OVL for 11 per cent stake in JSC Vankorneft from Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), the national oil company of (Russia),” an official statement said here.

Rosneft operates Vankor fields through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vankorneft.

“OVL will be paying an amount of USD 930 million for acquiring 11 per cent stake in Vankorneft,” it said.

The of stake in Vankorneft will provide 3.2 million tonnes of oil equivalent to OVL by 2017. It will also provide an opportunity to Indian public sector oil and gas companies to acquire new technologies from Rosneft.

“The is in line with the ONGC’s stated objective of adding high quality international assets to India’s exploration and production (E&P) portfolio and thereby augmenting India’s energy security,” the statement said.

Besides OVL’s 26 per cent stake in Vankor, a consortium comprising Oil India (OIL), Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat PetroResources (BPRL) acquired 23.9 per cent stake in Vankorneft at a cost of USD 2.02 billion, which will give them 6.56 mt of oil.

OVL’s previous 15 per cent stake buy in Vankor had given it 4.11 mt per annum of oil.