ONGC loses bid for Iraqi oilfield

ONGC loses bid for Iraqi oilfield

A picture taken 29 April 2004 shows part of al-Zubayer oil field near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Iraq reached agreement with energy giants Shell and Petronas on December 11, 2009 for a massive southern oil field, part of a two-day auction . Meanwhile, a consortium led by China's CNPC was awarded the contract for Iraq's Halfaya oil field at an auction in Baghdad, Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said. AFP ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas investment arm of the state-run explorer, teamed up with Oil India Ltd and Turkish Petroleum Corp (TPAO) to bid for the Halfaya oilfield in Iraq's second post-war bid round on Friday.

It was, however, outsmarted by bid from China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), Petronas Cargali Sdn Bhd of Malaysia and France's Total SA, sources said.
CNPC-Malaysia-Total offered to boost production from Halfaya to 535,000 barrels per day at a cost of USD 1.40 per barrel.

The OVL-led consortium had offered to boost output to 550,000 bpd but at a higher cost of USD 1.76 a barrel.

Turkish Petroleum had a 50 per cent interest in the consortium, while OVL held 30 per cent. OIL had the remaining 20 per cent.

Baghdad has put 10 groups of fields on offer in the second tender. Halfaya field has 4.60 billion barrels of reserves with a projected 13-year peak output of a minimum 400,000 barrels per day (20 million tonnes a year).

The Indians also faced competition from Norway's Statoil ASA and Russian OAO Lukoil consortium which bid USD 1.53 per barrel to boost output to 600,000 bpd.  
Also in the fray was a joint venture of Eni of Italy, Sononal of Angola, Cnooc of China, Korea Gas and Occidental of the US, which wanted to be paid USD 12.9 per barrel for producing 400,000 bpd of peak output from Halfaya oilfield.

OVL had in the first round in June lost the Zubair oil field when it along with OAO Gazprom of Russia and TPAO had asked for remuneration several times higher than USD 1.90-2 a barrel that Baghdad was willing to pay.

Iraq sought bids from 45 pre-qualified oil firms on the dollar-per-barrel remuneration fee they want for developing the fields and the targeted plateau production.
While the first post-war Iraqi licensing round in June  focused on increasing output from huge oilfields already in production, the second is about bringing on stream massive undeveloped fields such as Majnoon and West Qurna Phase 2.

As in the first licensing round, all contracts will be technical service contracts (TSCs), rather than the production sharing contracts (PSCs) favoured by the interested international oil firms. Baghdad is looking at signing a 20-year TSCs for the fields, sources said.


Sources said the scoring formula for the two bidding parameters -- the dollar-per-barrel remuneration fee and plateau production target -- has been weighted 80 per cent toward the fee, with the aim of dissuading companies from promising unrealistically high output targets.

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