Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta wins case for $499-million arbitration award claim

Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta acquired a aid when the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the federal government plea difficult an arbitration award permitting the corporate to get better $499 million as an alternative of $198 million it (authorities) had capped for growing the Ravva oil and fuel fields.

The dispute pertains to the interpretation of the production-sharing contract (PSC) entered into by the events and, particularly, the recoverability of base growth prices (BDCs) incurred by contractors within the Ravva area.

Both the federal government and Cairn Oil and Gas (a vertical of Vedanta) had entered right into a PSC in 1993. According to the settlement, it was determined that the get together ought to perform the event of the sector, together with 21 wells, at a capped price of $188.98 million together with 5 per cent expenses, which is named BDC. The dispute is said to price recovery for a interval between 2000 and 2007.

The authorities’s claim was that the contractor unilaterally recovered $499 million, which was greater than what was capped. Later, the case was dragged to a Malaysian tribunal, which dominated in favour of Cairn in January 2011. Then in 2018, the difficulty got here up earlier than the Delhi High Court, which refused a keep on the tribunal order. The authorities then appealed in opposition to the order within the Supreme Court.

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“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter. This verdict would help create positive sentiment in the global business community. We look forward to stepping up our efforts in making India Aatma Nirbhar in the hydrocarbon sector and continue to work closely with the government,” mentioned Sunil Duggal, group chief govt officer, Vedanta.

Videocon Industries was one other respondent within the case because it holds an curiosity within the area.

In response to questions from Business Standard, Cairn mentioned this ruling ended ambiguity on numerous points and upheld a good arbitration course of adopted by Indian courts. Vedanta had acquired Cairn India from UK-based Cairn Energy in August 2010 for $8.67 billion.

The Ravva oil and fuel area is positioned within the shallow offshore space of the Krishna-Godavari basin on the jap coast of India. ONGC owns 40 per cent within the block, adopted by 25 per cent by Videocon, 22.5 per cent by Cairn, and 12.5 per cent by Ravva Oil.

Average manufacturing within the Ravva block throughout 2019-20 was 14,232 barrels of oil equal per day (boepd), whereas it elevated to 22,037 boepd through the first quarter of 2020-21.

Vedanta is the only bidder for Videocon’s stake in Ravva oil and fuel area, which is a part of the property of Videocon present process insolvency proceedings on the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).


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