RIL, China firm team wins Peru gas lot

Puno is located in the south eastern region of the country. Lima, Sep. 18 (ANDINA).- Reliance Industries has for the first time teamed up with China's CNPC to win a gas block in Peru in an effort by the Mukesh Ambani-run company to expand its presence in Latin America.

Reliance Exploration and Production DMCC, a fully-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries, along with China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Argentina's Pluspetrol last week won rights to explore for gas in Block 155, in the southern highland department of Puno, next to the border with Bolivia, industry sources said.

Meanwhile, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd teamed with up Enigma Oil and Gas Exploration (Pty) Ltd to win onshore blocks 147, 159 and 153 in Peru's 2008 bidding round that auctioned 17 new oil and gas blocks.

Reliance-CNPC-Pluspetrol offered royalty of 24.58 per cent to Peruvian government while Jinda-Enigma offered 30.02 to 32.03 per cent royalty, sources said.

Peru had originally offered 22 oil and gas lots, but received bids for only 17.

Reliance has, since April this year, steadily increased its presence in the Latin American nation. On June 29, it acquired 10 per cent stake in Lot 39 in northern Peru from Burligton Resources Inc.

In May, it had teamed up with Woodside Petroleum to acquire 50 per cent in Block 108 in Peru from Pluspetrol Energy SA. Of the 50 per cent stake acquired, Reliance got 30 per cent, while Woodside Petroleum got 20 per cent. Pluspetrol Energy will retain the remaining 50 per cent stake.

The company also acquired 90 per cent stake in Block 141 in Peru from Pan Andean Resources Plc in April this year.

Publication: Andina - English Newswire
Provider: Andina
Date: September 18, 2008

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