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Indian government discovered small fields bid round III: discussion and interview with the DGH

03 September 2021

The Indian Government, through its upstream regulator the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), launched the third bidding round under the Discovered Small Fields policy, DSF-III, on 10 June 2021. DSF-III offers 32 contract areas, comprising 75 fields/discoveries, with a combined total area of more than 13,000 sq km, in nine sedimentary basins. The fields on offer include a few of the nomination fields of National Oil Company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, and some of the relinquished/unmonetized discoveries.

This is an exciting round with much potential on offer as the 32 offered contract areas have a total resource potential of around 230 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MMtoe)/1.7 billion barrels (oil & oil equivalent of gas (OEG)). The original deadline for submission of bids was 31 August 2021, however, this has now been postponed to 29 October 2021; the bids submission on the DGH e-bidding portal will commence from 1 October 2021.

The downloadable map (Figure 1) below illustrates the location of the offered contract areas, in relation to India's oil and gas basins by percentage of total production in 2020. The accompanying table (Figure 2) summarizes the contract areas on offer in each basin.

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Figure 1: Map showing India Discovered Small Fields Bid Round III

Contract areas in India's DSF-III

Figure 2: Overview of contract areas with discoveries by basin, as offered in India's DSF-III bid round

Dr. Anand Gupta (Additional Director General (Development)) and Ms. Tinku S. Nischal (Head of Department (DSF)) from DGH India join Rahul Chauhan (Sr. Research Analyst, IHS Markit) to present on the DSF-III bid round, discussing the round's opportunities with focus on the contract areas' known discoveries, geological potential, broad policy features, and the bidding process.

GEPS customers can see an exclusive follow-up interview.

For more details on the offered DSF-III contract areas, please refer to DGH website or IHS Markit GEPS.

Posted 3 Sept 2021

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