MoPNG Launched Bid Round 1 under OAL programme in New Delhi

Dharmendra Pradhan @dpradhan

Shri DPradhan ,Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship,

interacting with the media post launching the OALP Bid Round- I


MoPNG has steered a plethora of reforms in the recent past years.In this context the Government launched the Bid Round 1 under open Acreage licencing (OAL) programme for international competitive bidding on 18 January, 2108.

The launch event witnessed a pre-eminent gathering of Industry captains, Ambassadors, policy makers, bankers, leading professionals from E&P companies etc totaling over 100 attendees.

Main attraction of the event was 55 oil and gas blocks, each carved out by prospective bidders themselves in promising basins with an area of 59,282 sq Kms were announced for bidding . This is the largest offering of acreages,the Government has announced in the past 8 years.

Minister delivered key note address, highlighting the positive growth in the oil and gas sectors enumerated proactive reforms being enacted at MoPNG major ones being

Introduction of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy, named, HELP.

Discovered Small Fields  DSF,

National Data Repository NDR,

Hydrocarbon Resources re-assessment Study which galvanized in surge of 50% in resource estimate assessment.

The minister in his address said, quite hopeful in creating E&P ecosystem by reforms enunciated on boosting indigenous productions of oil and gas by infusion of state of art technology and collaborations with global players .



OAL Process flow chart-:

A Time bound and Transparent Process.

Investors will have an option to carve out an area of their choice.

Investors will submit an Expression of Interest EoI for petroleum operations Contract or Reconnaissance Contract.

Finalization of block by DGH and invitation for bidding bi-annually.

Submission of online and physical bids.

Bid evaluation and award of final contract.

During the event, launch of the e -bidding portal and  notice inviting offer NIO,the e- bidding portal quite safe, secured and transparent e-bidding platform wherein bidders can submit their bids from any where in the world. Further,” DGH One Touch” mobile application was also launched  which would act as a one stop solution for accessing information about DGH,policy initiatives and other relevant information on the move.

Overwhelming success of the first Discovered Small Fields (DSF) round
134 e-bids received from 47 Companies,Cycle completed in record time of ~10 months
20 Companies awarded. 30Contracts awarded (23 Onland& 7 Offshore) of 777 area.Expected Cumulative peak productionof 15,000 BOPD oil and 2 MMSCMD gas

•Total 8 FDPs have been submitted
•1 FDP has been reviewed and 7 are under review/evaluation
•Highlights of the reviewed FDP
Expected that the Field will produce ~5000 bblof oil and 15 mmscf of gas per day

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