Ratna and R-Series to be revived without Essar

Vol 20, PW 18 (01 Jun 17) Exploration & Production

Twenty-one years have passed since the government awarded the Ratna and R-Series fields to Essar and UK-based Premier Oil.

So you'd expect them to feel an understandable sense of betrayal on hearing ONGC is moving ahead to revive production without them. From May 7 to July 18, ONGC is selling tender documents for an estimated $200m EPC contract to revive production from the offshore Mumbai fields with a pre-bid scheduled in Mumbai on June 2.

Expect bids from SapuraKencana, NPCC, Larsen & Toubro and possibly AFCONS. SapuraKencana, we hear, will bid the most aggressively.

"Sapura has almost completed its ONGC jobs," we hear. These include the as C-26 and B-127 pipeline laying jobs and Phase-III of MHSRD (Mumbai High South Redevelopment).

"They are hungry for work, otherwise the (Mumbai) project office might have to shut down." NPCC and L&T by contrast both have ONGC offshore EPC jobs and might not be "as hungry for work" but still stand a good chance as each of them has a manufacturing yard and barges unlike AFCONS. Whoever wins will be asked to revive the R-12A or Ratna platform; install five wellhead platforms R-7A, R-9A, R-10A, R-12B and R-13A; hook up a Mobile Offshore Production and Processing Unit; and lay subsea pipelines and cables in water depths of between 40-50 metres.

All this must be completed by April 15, 2019.