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ONGC to maintain capex plan at Rs 30,000 crore on crude price slump

New Delhi(PTI): ONGC will maintain its capex plan for this year at the same level as last year at about Rs 30,000 crore, its chairman Dinesh K Saraf has said.

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However, the company sees reduction in the same next fiscal year, to the tune of 20-30%.

“This projected reduction in the capex for the next fiscal has nothing to do with a reduction in our work but with the projected decline in service charges given the depressed price situations.

“So, we see 20-30% decline in our capex next fiscal year. For the current fiscal it will be same as last year when we invested around Rs 30,000 crore,” Saraf told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event here.

Saraf also called for higher gas price to make KG block Cluster-2 viable. “We want the government to allow us to charge more for our output from the Cluster II of the KG blocks to make investments economically viable,” the chairman of the country’s largest oil and gas producer said.

He added that the company is trying to reduce the development cost of the KG block cluster-2 by deploying better technologies.

When asked about the projected output from these KG blocks he said it is seen at 75,000 bpd oil, 17 mscmd of gas. Whether the company has abandoned the cluster 1 at the KG Blocks, he did not offer a direct answer but said further development depends on the resolutions of issues with Reliance Industries.

Saraf also said that given the depressed price scenario, the company has no plan to monetise its investments in an any of its three subsidiaries and JVs through public floats.

“There is no point in taking any of the units, especially ONGC Videsh, public given the depressed price scenario. ONGC Petroaddition or Opaal will commission its first unit by March,” he added.