Poor response to ONGC airborne tender

Vol 18, PW 22 (02 Jul 15) News in Brief

ONGC is expected to receive only two bids for its first ever tender to carry out an airborne gravity gradiometry survey over its Assam PEL acreage.

Under the survey aircraft flying at low altitudes will take pictures of the subsurface to establish the presence of oil, gas and mineral deposits. CGG and Bell Geospace attended a pre-bid on June 29 in ONGC's office at Jorhat in Assam.

ARKeX is the third company in the world with the necessary technology but hasn't bought ONGC's tender. "We want to carry out the airborne survey in inaccessible areas," says an ONGC source.

"We have old seismic data available but want to confirm it with fresh data." Bell raised technical queries on the tender terms and mobilisation schedule. "ONGC refused to accept deviations from the tender," we hear.

"CGG had comments on the tender document which were also rejected." ONGC wants bids by July 28. Whoever wins will get four months to mobilise equipment aircraft after securing all government clearances.

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