Angry 'fracking' bidders criticise sloppy ONGC

Vol 19, PW 16 (21 Apr 16) Exploration & Production

ONGC's sloppy and inconsistent approach to a tender for fracking services in Gujarat is angering potential bidders.

Not only are they extremely disappointed ONGC has slashed the number of wells from 300 to 120 but they also can't understand why the company is yet to send out the written minutes of a pre-bid held on February 23 attended by Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford and Superior Energy. "It's been more than a month and a half since the pre-bid," thunders an upset service provider.

"ONGC hasn't bothered to send out the minutes. Only after receiving the minutes can we decide our position." ONGC set an original bid deadline of March 28 in this tender issued on January 26.

Under its own rules ONGC must give bidders at least 21 days to submit bids from when it sends out the pre-bid minutes. Inevitably, the deadline will now be extended - assuming ONGC wakes up from its slumber and gets on with it.

"I don't know if ONGC is serious about using new technology to frack wells," adds another potential bidder. "It wants bidders to use fracking tankers similar to its own fleet instead of considering a wider range of specifications.

ONGC should be more flexible." Also under scrutiny by bidders is the frack fluid system ONGC wants to use, which some dispute.