Indian offshore drilling companies have always fulfilled the demand of the Indian exploration market since its inception. ONGC has always been an excellent employer of offshore rigs who has been following stringent safety records and best international oil field practices. Offshore rigs are selected to work with ONGC only after the rigs have passed a stringent safety test from a reputable international inspection agency deployed by ONGC. Passing this stringent safety test in inspection is mandatory for any offshore rig whether old, idle or new. Moreover, there is no idle period clause in any oil company tenders worldwide. ONGC has always encouraged Indian drillers to be participant in the growth story of the Indian hydrocarbon industry. With international oil field standard practices and good safety and performance track records, Indian drillers can justify the Modi Government policies towards ‘Make in India’ initiative, but unfortunately some vested interests prevent Modi Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative to happen in a positive way. Rigs passing safety checks are justified to contribute in the growth of the Indian hydrocarbon sector. A Senior Executive of ONGC said, “There is no compromise with the safety check while hiring a rig by ONGC which clearly justifies that ONGC is not relaxing any norms but it is taking a step ahead to support the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
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