By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Oct: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US petroleum giant EXXON-Mobil on 14 October. This MoU will enable the two petroleum companies to undertake joint technical studies and cooperate in frontier areas like deep water and other Petroleum Exploration Licence (PEL) blocks of ONGC in east and west coast and open acreages for joint bidding. The MoU was signed on the side-lines of IHS-CERA Week at Delhi by ONGC Director (Exploration) RK Srivastava and EXXON-Mobil CEO, South Asia, William P Davis in the presence of Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum Secretary Dr MM Kutty and ONGC CMD Shashi Shanker. The work under the MoU will be carried out in three phases. This will lead to a joint technical study for potential collaboration areas. Talking after the MoU, Vice President Asia Pacific EXXON- Mobil Michael Deal said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with ONGC and apply our collective expertise to be an even bigger part of India’s bright energy future”. ONGC CMD Shashi Shanker said, “This meaningful partnership with EXXON-Mobil will be a step towards unlocking value in ONGC PEL offshore blocks, study open acreage areas and enable us to get closer to meeting Country’s energy aspirations”.