Military, energy interests clash in India

Security concerns are slowing energy development in India.

Restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Defense have impeded exploration and development on 39 blocks offshore India, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

In a report to the lower house of the Indian parliament, Panabaaka Lakshmi, minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, said the defense ministry cited strategic and security-related considerations when it limited activity on petroleum exploration licenses awarded under various bidding rounds.

Most of the blocks are off eastern India: 22 in the Krishna-Godavari basin, 9 in the Mahanadi-Northeast Coast basin, 3 in the Cauvery basin, and 2 in the Prahnita-Godavari basin.

Two of the affected blocks are off western India in the Gujarat-Saurashtra basin. One block is off the Andaman Islands.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...