The Houston roadshow comprised extensive and detailed presentations and one-on-one meetings with the companies.
Companies such as BG, Cairn Energy, ONGC, RIL shared their successful experience of working in the Indian exploration and production sector.
Promising a "transparent regulatory regime" and greater ease of doing business, the minister in his plenary address said that, "we recognise that the need of the hour is to increase the domestic energy production by unlocking India's hydrocarbon potential."
Easy regulatory administration, pricing freedom for crude oil and natural gas produced from new fields in a transparent manner to further promote oil and gas assets across the country, he said. In fact, the current bid round is also being held under revised set of industry friendly bid guidelines and processes with the Discovered Small Fields Policy acting as the regulatory framework.
Under the bid round, 67 fields in 46 contract areas, across 9 sedimentary basins are being offered to potential investors through International Competitive Bidding in the oil and gas producing basins.
Of these 67 fields, 36 are located in offshore areas and 31 fields are in on land basins. The fields have estimated 625 Million Barrels of Oil and Oil Equivalent Gas in-place volumes, and are spread over 1500 square kilometers in 26 on land, 18 shallow water and 2 deep water areas. Assuring the packed hall of attendees, that included heads of major energy companies, think tanks, analysts, Indian Americans with interest, oil lobbyist, diplomats and various technologists, Pradhan promised all possible support from his Ministry and the Government of India in fructifying investors endeavours.
"The bid timelines are stringent and my team is geared to ensure a smooth process. I look forward to an encouraging participation in the bidding from you all. We have also setup a facilitation cell for assisting you throughout the bid process," he concluded his speech amidst loud cheers and applause. (PTI)