GAIL, Arrow, EIG consortium awarded three CBM blocks
Our Corporate Bureau
15 October 2006
The consortium of Arrow Energy (India) Pty Ltd, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and EIG Energy Infrastructure Group A B Ltd, have been awarded three coal bed methane (CBM) blocks under the recent round of bidding for CBM. The Tata Power Company is also a consortium partner in two of the blocks that have been awarded to the consortium.
GAIL had spearheaded the formation of the consortium for the bidding. Arrow Energy (India) Pty Ltd (subsidiary of Arrow Energy NL of Australia) will be the operator and technology partner, along with EIG Energy Infrastructure Group A B of Sweden. The Tata Power Company Ltd was also a part of the consortium as fourth partner in three out of the seven blocks bid.
Out of the three blocks, one block is in Rajmahal Coal field, Jharkhand and the other two blocks are in Mand Raigarh and Tata Pani Ramkola Coal fields, Chattishgarh.
The consortium structure in the three awarded blocks are as follows:
- RM-CBM-2005 / III: Arrow - 35 per cent, GAIL- 35 per cent, EIG - 15 per cent, Tata Power - 15 per cent
- TR-CBM-2005 / III: Arrow - 35 per cent, GAIL- 35 per cent, EIG - 15 per cent, Tata Power - 15 per cent
- MR-CBM-2005 / III: Arrow - 40 per cent, GAIL - 45 per cent, EIG - 15 per cent, Tata Power - Nil
According to the estimates provided by the director general of hydrocarbons (DGH), the resource potential of the Rajmahal blocks is 5.5 TCF and for the Mand Raigarh and Tatapani-Ramkola blocks are 4.2 TCF and 1.9 TCF respectively.
The estimated expenditure for the first phase of exploration of the three blocks awarded is in the tune of $16 million (Rs 72 crore) out of which GAIL's share would be around Rs 27 crore. Exploration activities are expected to commence in early 2007.