Suspicion as Oil India chooses NADRA over CGG

Vol 18, PW 5 (23 Oct 14) Exploration & Production

Oil India is poised to award a seismic contract to NADRA, angering some who say the Ukrainian company should be disqualified and is being favoured over more experienced CGG.

An Oil India source confirms a LoA will be issued to little-known NADRA by end-October to process and interpret 450-sq km 3D shot by Alpha Geo at NELP-VI onland Mizoram block MZ-ONN-2004/1. “We had negotiations with NADRA in early September,” confirms an Oil India source in Duliajan.

“Now we've sent the proposal to Delhi. The order value is more than Rs12cr ($2m) and only two companies submitted bids so we need prior approval from Delhi before awarding the contract.

” But a bewildered industry source says Oil India's tender conditions clearly specify the winning contractor must have a seismic data processing centre in India to qualify. “Why did Oil India qualify NADRA?" we hear.

"It doesn’t have a data processing centre in India. CGG has a data processing centre in Mumbai and has already done two Oil India jobs.

NADRA should have been disqualified in the technical round itself.” A source close to NADRA retorts it operates a call centre and back office data processing centre in Noida, though admittedly not a seismic data processing centre.

He adds NADRA is setting up a data processing centre at the International Trade Tower in Delhi’s Nehru Place, which should be open by November 1.