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After RIL, now GSPC seeks $14.2 per mmBtu price for KG basin gas

After Reliance Industries Ltd, Gujarat government firm GSPC has sought imported LNG price of $14.2 per mmBtu for the natural gas it plans to produce from KG basin fields by year-end.

Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC) on Friday submitted to the Oil Ministry a proposal for pricing of 5.24 million standard cubic meters per day of peak output from its Deen Dayal West (DDW) gas field in block KG-OSN-2001/3 at $14.2 per million British thermal unit, industry sources said.

This price, the firm said, was arrived at through an arms length price discovery exercise it carried out for over a month with supervision of a neutral third party auditor.

GSPC had on 25 February asked bidders to quote a positive or a negative number to be added to India's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import formula of 12.67 per cent of Brent crude oil plus $0.26 per mmBtu.

GSPC prescribed a minimum sale price of $8.50 per mmBtu, at floor rate of $65 per barrel of oil.

Sources said 37 companies put in as many as 53 bids for about 75 mmscmd. A demand far exceeding the supply was generated when the biddable variable was kept at zero. At cap oil price of $110 per barrel, the gas price translates into $14.2 per mmBtu.

This is the same formula on which RIL had sought bids to price gas from its Sohagpur coal-bed methane (CBM) block in Madhya Pradesh.

While the Oil Ministry, under the then Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy, held back the approval for RIL's CBM gas price discovery by putting repeat queries, it remains to be seen how GSPC's proposal will be treated by the Ministry under M Veerappa Moily. Phone calls made to GSPC Managing Director Tapan Ray seeking comments went unanswered.
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