New Delhi, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Conference, organised under the aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, has recommended that the hike in natural gas pricing should be effected as per prescriptions provided by Rangarajan Committee to enable India accelerate its Exploration & Production Activities (E&P).

Natural gas, produced until March 31, 2014 should be priced at prevailing prices as fixed by the government in 2004 and its subsequent production be charged at the price range recommended by the Rangarajan Committee for all segments of industry excepting the fertilizer and the power for which the government should continue to subsidize the gas prices in view of their crucial strategic importance for end users, the chamber said.

Among the experts who participated in the conference on 'Dilemma of Gas Pricing : Implications for the Industry' included Mr Suresh Mathur, Advisor, GSPC LNG and Mr Rajeev Mathur, Chairman Hydrocarbon Committee, PHD Chamber and Mr Dilip Khanna, Partner, Ernst & Young.

Mr S Nand, Deputy Director General, Fertilizer Association of India; Mr Vivek Sharma, Director (Energy), CRISIL and Mr R

B Kabra, President, HSIL demanded that power and fertilizer sectors ought to be subsidised by the government incase the natural gas prices are hiked as advised by the Rangarajan Committee in view of the criticality of the sector.

The knowledge report circulated in the beginning of the conference also highlighted that the increase in natural gas prices is expected to encourage investment in the upstream segment of the hydrocarbon sector and boost their production.

It will also improve the commercial viability of marginal, deep-water and frontier fields, which require cutting edge technology and increased capital spending.

The PHD Chamber is also of the view that the proposed hike in gas prices will help to boost the revenues of indigenous gas producers.

Currently, ONGC, OIL and RIL account for 85 per cent of the total output of domestic gas.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)