NEW DELHI (Bloomberg) -- India’s first producer of natural gas from coal seams in the country’s oldest mining region will spend about $1 billion to look for some of the newest forms of energy.
Great Eastern Energy Corp. will invest as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) over the next four to five years to drill 144 new wells at its Raniganj block in the eastern state of West Bengal, according to CEO Prashant Modi. The company, which began looking at the block in 1993, will invest an additional 50 billion rupees in other unconventional assets, including shale.
“We are thinking about shale in the manner we thought of coal-bed methane more than 20 years back,” Modi said in an interview in New Delhi on Monday. “We will bid for areas which we feel are unconventional. But in the order of priority, CBM is first and then shale.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is easing rules to make exploration more attractive in a bid to reduce imports. The government has freed gas prices, given marketing autonomy to producers, and approved a uniform licensing policy that will give operators the right to explore all forms of oil and gas resources, including coal-bed methane, shale gas and oil under a single license.
“These steps will help push India’s goal to produce more hydrocarbons locally,” according to Great Eastern’s Modi. “We expect about 15 CBM blocks that had been sitting idle should see some development starting.”
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Tyre market in Bangladesh is forecasted to grow at over 9% until 2020 on the back of growth in automobile sales, advancements in public infrastructure, and development-seeking government policies.
The government has emphasized on the road infrastructure of the country, which has been instrumental in driving vehicle sales in the country.
The tyre market reached Tk 4,750 crore last year, up from about Tk 4,000 crore in 2017, according to market insiders.
The commercial vehicle tyre segment dominates this industry with around 80% of the market share. At least 1.5 lakh pieces of tyres in the segment were sold in 2018.
In the commercial vehicle tyre segment, the MRF's market share is 30%. Apollo controls 5% of the segment, Birla 10%, CEAT 3%, and Hankook 1%. The rest 51% is controlled by non-branded Chinese tyres.
However, Bangladesh mostly lacks in tyre manufacturing setups, which leads to tyre imports from other countries as the only feasible option to meet the demand. The company largely imports tyre from China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.
Automobile and tyre sales in Bangladesh are expected to grow with the rising in purchasing power of people as well as growing investments and joint ventures of foreign market players. The country might become the exporting destination for global tyre manufacturers.
Several global tyre giants have also expressed interest in making significant investments by setting up their manufacturing units in the country.
This reflects an opportunity for local companies to set up an indigenous manufacturing base in Bangladesh and also enables foreign players to set up their localized production facilities to capture a significant market.
It can be said that, the rise in automobile sales, improvement in public infrastructure, and growth in purchasing power to drive the tyre market over the next five years.
Headline crude prices for the week beginning 14 January 2019 – Brent: US$61/b; WTI: US$51/b
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