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GSPC shelves IPO plan, to raise debt for gas project

GSPC shelves IPO plan, to raise debt for gas project
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First Published: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 01 23 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 01 23 PM IST
New Delhi: Gujarat State Petroleum Corp. (GSPC) has put on hold its planned initial public offering (IPO) due to choppy market conditions and would instead raise debt to finance development of its eastern offshore Krishna-Godavari (KG) basin gas finds.
GSPC plans to invest at least Rs5,000 crore in developing the eastern offshore gas finds that it believes hold a minimum of 1.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of in-place reserves and a maximum of 5.6 tcf reserves.
“We are awaiting formal communication from the government declaring our finds as commercially viable. Once we receive that we will submit a plan to development discoveries,” GSPC managing director D.J. Pandian told reporters here.
GSPC believes it will take two years from the date all approvals are in place, including the one for development plan, which details investments and volumes to be produced, for starting production from the block KG-OSN-2001/3 off the Andhra coast.
“As (Gujarat) chief minister (Narendra Modi) has already stated, the IPO is not being considered now,” he said indicating the public offering may be made when the gas production starts.
GSPC, he said, would fund the development plan from its internal resources and borrowings. “Many banks and financial institutions will be willing to finance us once development plan is approved.”
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First Published: Thu, Dec 18 2008. 01 23 PM IST
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