Category — Oil & Gas

Israel’s Netanyahu Hails “New Era” in Ties with India

Benjamin Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit India in 15 years, accompanied by his wife Sara on a six-day visit to India, were given a warm welcome by Prime Minister Modi. Driving the growing ties is both leaders’ shared worldview for national-security and free-markets. Both see Israel’s technology-oriented economy as a natural fit for India’s, which needs innovation to improve everything from farming to healthcare.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu during Press Statement, at Metanyahu and Modi at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

At a press conference in Hyderabad House, New Delhi on January 15, 2018

Netanyahu hailed a “new era” in ties with India as he signed a series of deals on cybersecurity, energy, biotechnology, agriculture, and defense during his first visit. Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean. Bilateral trade has jumped from $200 million in 1992, when the two countries opened diplomatic relations, to $5 billion in 2017.

 

Sara and Netanyahu visited Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where Netanyahu tried his hand at a spinning wheel, a pastime Gandhi made popular while he was jailed during British colonial rule. They also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, and attended a ceremony to name a square in New Delhi ‘Teen Murti’ in honor of the Indian soldiers who died in the fight to liberate Haifa from the Turks in 1918.

Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in  New Delhi. On his last night in Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu partied with Bollywood bigwigs such as actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Abhishek Kapoor, and pitched Israel as a film destination: Not just because you can see the snow, the beach, the desert, the salty sea and a sweet-water lake within an hour’s drive, he said, but also because Israel has “great technology for businesses and big ideas.”

 

January 19, 2018   No Comments

Dover Fueling Solutions Wins Another Order from BPCL

Austin, Texas-based Dover Fueling Solutions scored on two fronts in December 2017, in India: the company was awarded a fuel dispenser tender from state-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), India’s leading oil marketing company, and it  announced the opening of a new factory in Navi Mumbai.

The fuel dispenser order the company received in December 2017 was the second order from BPCL in a year, following the first dispenser tender award in 2016. The recent win is for 5,000  Tokheim Quantium fuel dispensers with enhanced fraud prevention features to be installed across BPCL’s retail network in India.

Tom Cerovski, vice president and general Manager of the Dover Fueling Solutions Dispenser Business Unit said, “We are excited about our continued commercial success across several product lines in India.”

 David Crouse

David Crouse

The company announced the opening of its new global manufacturing facility in Navi Mumbai. This  factory spans an area of 90,000 square feet, and can produce up to 20,000 fuel dispensers per year. On the occasion, president David Crouse said, “Dover’s aspirations for this market and surrounding region require an exceptional manufacturing facility, which we are creating with this new factory. India is one of the key best-value countries from a manufacturing and sourcing perspective.”

December 10, 2017   No Comments

India Open to $300 Billion Oil & Gas Investments

India will offer global investors $300 billion worth of investment opportunities in the hydrocarbon sector over the next decade to keep pace with the country’s energy demand, India’s Minister for Oil Dharmendra Pradhan said.

Speaking in New Delhi at the India Energy Forum, organized by CERAWeek the Houston-based information and insights company IHS Markit, Pradhan said that India’s oil and gas output has been stagnant for years while its fuel demand has risen. Modi’s government is taking steps to unlock the country’s vast energy reserves and boost foreign investment in the sector; it has relaxed rules, including those on pricing and marketing, he added.

Natural Gas, Oil Rig

India, which imports over 80 percent of its oil needs, wants to reduce this figure by 10 percent by 2022, reports Live Mint. The country wants to attract foreign investors to $300 billion worth of energy projects that will include increasing the country’s refining capacity, oil and gas block exploration, and developing gas infrastructure, including the transport of liquefied natural gas and re-gasification.

October 15, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Companies to Ship 1.6 million tons of Ethane to India

Planning to replace natural gas and naphtha at its petrochemical plants, Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Limited will procure 1.6 million tons of ethane from three companies in the U.S.

Reliance Industries has three joint ventures in America: one with California headquartered Chevron Corp, in which it has invested $1.7 billion; the second with Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc, in which it has invested $392 million; and a third with Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co., in which it has invested $1.5 billion.

Ethane is expected to be produced in large volumes in North America due to the shale gas revolution, which has generated an abundance of liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas, reports the Times of India. Amit Mehta, head of Reliance’s gas business, said that the company has contracted ethane supplies for more than 20 years from America.

Reliance Industries will get its requirement from Marcellus Shale a Middle Devonian age unit of marine sedimentary rock in the Appalachian Basin of eastern North America, and from Texas’ Eagle Ford Group a sedimentary rock formation deposited during the Cenomanian and Turonian ages of the Late Cretaceous period.

Reliance Industries

Reliance Industries

August 31, 2017   No Comments

First American Crude Oil Shipped to India

The first shipment of two million barrels of American crude oil costing $100 million will reach India in the last week of September, opening a new chapter in trade between India and the U.S. This consignment is a fraction of India’s $70 billion oil import bill for 2016-17. Given the volume being contemplated by Indian companies, this new development is currently expected to boost the bilateral oil trade to $2 billion annually.

The Hindustan Times reports that while the 40-year-old ban on export of American oil was lifted by the then U.S. President Barack Obama in December 2015, the real move started during the maiden meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump on June 26 when the two leaders agreed to deepen the engagement in the energy sector.

President Trump and PM Modi

Saudi Aramco‘s decision to raise Arab Light crude price by 60 cents per barrel for Asian buyers narrowed the differential between West Asian crude oil and North Sea Brent, the benchmark for most of global oil trade. The narrowed differential turned U.S. oil attractive for India even after factoring the distance between the two countries.

India’s largest state-run refiner-marketer Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) and state-owned companies Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have all opted for American crude oil.

BPCL bought a cargo containing 500,000 barrels each of Mars and Poseidon, and 1 million barrels of U.S. WTI Midland sweet crude; IOC sealed a deal to purchase 1.6 million barrels of crude oil from the U.S. in July, and this month it placed an additional order of 2 million barrels. HPCL plans to buy low-sulfur oil from the United States in the next few months for its 166,000 barrel per day refinery in southern India.

Senator Ted Cruz said Texas will provide crucial oil exports to India and serve as a reliable long-term supplier of energy.

August 17, 2017   No Comments