Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

ONGC, Oil India Said to Bid for Stake in Mozambique Gas Deposit

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Oil & Natural Gas Corp. and Oil India Ltd., Indian state-run energy companies, made a joint bid to buy a 20 percent stake in a Mozambique gas field, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.

ONGC and Oil India bid for shares being sold by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Videocon Industries Ltd. today, the person said, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The sellers are divesting 10 percent each in the Rovuma-1 offshore block.

Energy companies from Asia, Europe and North America have flocked to East Africa after oil explorers made the world’s biggest gas discoveries in a decade in Mozambique’s waters. Rovuma-1 holds more in potential reserves than Libya has in proven deposits, according to data from The Woodlands, Texas-based Anadarko, the operator of the block.

ONGC Chairman Sudhir Vasudeva, Oil India Chairman S.K. Srivastava and Videocon Chairman Venugopal Dhoot didn’t answer phone calls seeking comment. John Christiansen, a spokesman for Anadarko, declined to comment.

Videocon, which runs businesses from television manufacturing to mobile-phone services in India, agreed to pay $75 million for a stake in the Rovuma-1 area in 2008. Bharat Petroleum Corp., India’s second-largest state refiner, owns 10 percent of the block, meaning an acquisition by ONGC and Oil India would raise state control to 30 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rakteem Katakey in New Delhi at rkatakey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jason Rogers at jrogers73@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.