BP’s massive investment in India

UK
oil giant BP and Reliance Industries have announced a “transformational”
strategic oil and gas partnership in India.

The
companies will form a 50:50 joint venture for sourcing and marketing energy in
India.

The
deal gives BP a 30 per cent stake in 23 oil and gas blocks owned by its new
partner including 19 off India’s east coast.

In
return, the UK firm will pay $7.2 billion, plus up to a further $1.8 billion in
future performance-related payments.

The
deal is expected to result in a total combined investment in India of $20
billion, according to the companies’ joint statement.

“This
is a clear reflection of the way in which believe that the energy industry is
developing,” said BP’s chairman, Carl-Henrik Svanberg.

He
said that the company predicted global energy consumption would rise by 40 per
cent between now and 2030, with most of the growth coming from emerging markets
such as India.

“This
has huge significance for India’s economic development,” said Reliance’s
Mukesh Ambani, noting that BP’s investment would constitute the single largest
foreign direct investment in India’s history.

He
noted BP’s strong position in the natural gas business, which is expected to be
the main energy source exploited via the partnership.

BP
chief executive Bob Dudley noted that the hydrocarbon fields involved are
comparable in size to the UK North Sea.

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