Launch of NDR and OALP for India’S E&P (Exploration & Production) Sector (Download PDF)


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National Data Repository (NDR) and Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) provide progressive, market driven Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP). Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) is investor friendly world-class policy for the next bidding round.

Image shows the Vision of NDR

Image Shows the Vision of NDR

Image shows the Vision of NDR

  • Exploration and production sector has remained a main focus area
  • Target to reduce import dependence by 10 % by 2022
  • Other policy decisions include gas price reform, 9-points PSC reform, streamlining CBM sector, extension of Pre-NELP blocks, holding DSF rounds, National Seismic Program and new Discovered Small Field Policy
  • 52 % of India’s sedimentary basins are still unapprised
  • National Seismic Program started last year for seismic data acquisition of the unapprised sedimentary basins

About NDR

  • NDR is hosted at Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), Noida. DGH is a technical arm of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG)
  • NDR offers a unique platform to all E&P Operators, E&P Service Companies, E&P Investors, and Academia to delve inside diverse E&P datasets of Indian sedimentary basins.
  • National Data Repository (NDR) is an integrated data repository of Exploration and Production (E&P) data of Indian sedimentary basins.
  • NDR is a fully Government of India owned E&P data repository.

Objectives of NDR

  • To validate, store, maintain and reproduce reliable G&G data Reliable E&P data with provisions for seamless access online and offline
  • Data exchange and trading among existing players To improve DGH ability to monitor and control E&P activities
  • To support open acreage globally E&P business environment
  • To provide data for processing, interpretation and visualization
  • To strengthen overall Geo-scientific activities in India

Vision of NDR

  • Integration of following data in NDR in the future:
  • Gas Hydrate
  • Oil Shale
  • Shale Gas
  • Geological Data from GSI
  • Coal in reference to CBM
  • Environmental data

India’s Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP)

  • Unifies authority to grant licenses for exploration and production (E&P) of conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources, including oil, gas, coal bed methane, shale gas/oil, tight gas, and gas hydrates.
  • Introduces an Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) - allow companies to seek permission to explore any block.
  • Access to the NDR- maps and data to inform areas to bid on.
  • Companies had to wait for formal bid rounds- E&P restricted to blocks offered for bidding
  • Previous licensing policy- New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) had narrow scope and was burdensome.

Table contain shows the India Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy

Table contain shows the India Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy

Table contain shows the India Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy

Table contain shows the India Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy

Policy category



Types of


Covers all conventional and

unconventional oil and gas

NELP covered only conventional oil and gas; Coal Bed Methane Policy covered coal bed methane


A single license for exploration and extraction of all types of oil and gas

Separate license required for

conventional oil and gas, coal bed methane, shale oil and gas, and gas hydrates

Revenue model

Revenue-sharing model under

which revenue will be shared with the government in the ratio submitted by bidders

Production profit-sharing model under which government received a

share in the profits


Open acreage policy under which exploration companies can apply to

explore any block not under


Exploration was restricted to blocks opened for bidding by the government

Oil and gas


Companies have the freedom to sell their production domestically without government intervention

Crude oil price was based on

import parity; gas price was fixed by the government


Concessional royalty for deep water (5 percent) and ultra-deep water (2 percent) areas, which are difficult to explore, and reduction of royalty in shallow waters (from 10 percent to 7.5 percent)

12.5 percent for the onshore areas and 10 percent for

offshore areas; 10 percent for coal bed methane

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2017


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