ONGC ignores IOT at 3D contractor meeting

Vol 18, PW 20 (04 Jun 15) Exploration & Production

Maybe it's paranoia or maybe it's justified.

But some are convinced ONGC wants to exclude IOT Infrastructure from a controversial tender to shoot 2010-sq km ‘full-fold’ 3D in Andhra Pradesh’s onland Vygreswaram area as punishment for complaining against its disqualification when the job was last tendered. IOT was among 15 companies that sent in EoIs to ONGC by the April 28 deadline.

But it received an icy reception at the pre-tender meeting on May 7 in Chennai. “It was obvious that ONGC was unhappy with IOT,” says a rival seismic contractor who attended.

“ONGC officials ignored every query from IOT and instead took queries from other prospective bidders. Their tone and expressions said it all.

” Another source believes ONGC deliberately changed eligibility criteria to exclude IOT. “In the previous tender (issued in June 2014) ONGC asked for at least 300-sq km of 3D data acquisition experience in the last five years,” he says.

“But this time ONGC deliberately wrote 300-sq km ‘onland’ 3D. Last time neither onland nor offshore was specified.

IOT has only carried out a 325-sq km Oil India job of which 75-sq km was in shallow water.” Worse, ONGC has also excluded work done with the SG-10 geophone manufactured by CGGVeritas group company Sercel.

IOT uses this geophone unlike rivals. ONGC wants a distortion of less than 0.1% so only the SM-24 geophone made by Houston-based Inova is eligible.