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Cabinet approves MoU between India & Guyana on cooperation in hydrocarbon sector

IndiaCabinet approves MoU between India & Guyana on cooperation in hydrocarbon sector

The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Guyana.

 The MoU, set to bolster cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector, reflects a renewed commitment to sustainable energy practices and strategic global partnerships.

The proposed MoU encompasses a comprehensive range of collaboration across the hydrocarbon value chain, underscoring the depth of engagement between the two nations. Key components of the agreement include:

1. Crude Oil Sourcing from Guyana: The collaboration aims to diversify India’s sources of crude oil, a crucial step towards enhancing energy security and reducing dependence on a single geographic or economic unit.

2. Participation in Exploration and Production (E&P) Sector: Indian companies will be afforded the opportunity to engage in Guyana’s E&P sector. This strategic move not only fosters global partnerships but also aligns with India’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” or self-reliant India.

3. Capacity Building and Bilateral Trade Strengthening: The MoU extends to capacity-building initiatives, crude oil refining, and the overall strengthening of bilateral trade, contributing to economic growth for both nations.

4. Collaboration in Natural Gas Sector: Recognizing the importance of natural gas, the agreement includes collaboration in this sector, facilitating knowledge exchange and joint efforts in harnessing the potential of this vital energy resource.

5. Regulatory Policy Framework Development: Both countries will collaborate in developing a regulatory policy framework in the oil and gas sector in Guyana, fostering an environment conducive to sustainable growth and investment.

6. Clean Energy Initiatives: The collaboration extends to clean energy, covering biofuels, renewables, and solar energy projects, aligning with both nations’ commitment to environmental sustainability.

Guyana has recently emerged as a noteworthy player in the global oil and gas sector, becoming the world’s newest oil producer. India, on the other hand, stands as the world’s third-largest energy consumer and is focusing on diversifying crude oil sources and acquiring quality overseas assets to enhance strategic maneuverability.

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