Nauvata wins LEWPP-2 approval from ONGC

Vol 20, PW 10 (09 Feb 17) Exploration & Production

Bangalore-based Nauvata Engineering has won in-principle approval from ONGC to join the LEWPP-2 consortium in line with the express wish of consortium leader AFCONS.

ONGC's Executive Purchase Committee gave its consent on January 23 following which ONGC's materials management department in Mumbai informed AFCONS and partners Triune Engineering and Halani Offshore. ONGC's decision to approve Nauvata is further confirmation work on the delayed LEWPP-2 project will go ahead after the warring EPC partners made peace just before Christmas.

"We received a letter from ONGC on January 27," confirms Triune. "Based on a request by AFCONS, ONGC has agreed to bring Nauvata in to LEWPP-2." Nauvata will effectively replace Triune to carry out all LEWPP-2 engineering but on paper the consortium will have four partners including Triune.

An AFCONS source adds Nauvata is yet to submit the mandatory documents to enable ONGC to give its final approval to the company's inclusion as fourth partner. "ONGC's letter states only that it approves the inclusion of a fourth partner," adds AFCONS.

"Everything depends on Nauvata now." In Bangalore, Nauvata is excited about joining the project. "We've received a letter from ONGC," confirms a company source, adding that the company has already carried out some engineering work for LEWPP-1.

Under LEWPP-2, ONGC wants 43 offshore platforms restored at Mumbai High North and South and the Heera and Neelam fields.