“The interest of Indian Upstream companies in participating in the forthcoming bid round in Myanmar was conveyed to Myanmar side,” reads a statement released by Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Presently, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) and GAIL have invested in gas producing blocks in Myanmar. OVL and Oil India Ltd have invested in exploratory blocks.
India has also offered Myanmar to refurbish and upgradation of refineries in Myanmar. The visit of Pradhan is a follow up of the visit of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar to India in October, 2016.
Last December, ONGC Videsh said that it was in early talks with Russian company Gazprom for supply of natural gas through a complex swap involving Russia, China and Myanmar. “Myanmar is sending gas to China through an existing pipeline… if Russia can provide equivalent gas to China, then we can reverse the flow of gas from Myanmar to China and bring that gas to India,” Narendra Verma had told reporters on the sidelines of India's Petrotech energy conference.
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