"We have set a capex target of Rs 19,000 crore for the 12th Five-Year Plan till 2017. Out of this, Rs 12,000 crore will be invested in the northeast," Oil India Ltd (OIL) chairman and MD Sunil Kumar Srivastava told reporters here. The state-run company will spend Rs 1,982 crore in the northeast out of the total investment of Rs 3,581 crore planned for the current financial year.
The company will use the money on activities such as exploring new blocks, diversification, upgrading infrastructure and general corporate purposes, he said. OIL, which has wind energy projects in Rajasthan, plans to expand its presence in the sector by setting up units in the northeast.
"We are conducting a feasibility study in the northeast to see the potential of this business. Once we are done with the study and get a positive feedback, we will set up the plants," Srivastava said. He declined to share details about the time frame and the investment proposed for starting wind projects in the region.
The company has two wind energy plants in Rajasthan with capacities of 13.6 MW and 54 MW. "As part of our diversification strategy, we are also looking to enter the natural gas segment. We have appointed a global consultant to see the potential of LNG business in India," Srivastava said.
OIL is investing Rs 871 crore to upgrade its pipelines from Duliajan in Assam to Barauni in Bihar. "We are upgrading and revamping our pipelines. By mid-2015, we replace all our old fuel pumps from Duliajan to Barauni," Srivastava said.