"We have brought this consultation paper and suggestions will come in by November 30. We will make the policy after considering all the views and take it to the Cabinet. It will be our endeavour to make the policy during this financial year only," Pradhan said on the sidelines of Bio-Energy Summit 2015 organised by CII here.
Yesterday, Oil Ministry had issued a paper on new fiscal and contractual regime for award of hydrocarbon acreages with a view to revive investor interest in oil and gas exploration by simplifying rules. It proposes to free natural gas pricing as well as replace the controversial Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with simpler revenue-sharing regime for all future field auctions in the backdrop of low gas prices not attracting investors in exploration and production sector.
Global players like BP and domestic companies including RIL as well as state-owned ONGC have been seeking pricing freedom as the current rates make new investments unviable.
In September, the government had allowed pricing freedom for the gas produced from 69 small and marginal fields it plans to auction shortly. On the Indian basket crude oil price cracking below USD 40 barrel mark to touch USD 39.89, the minister said, "We have to accept the changing geopolitical scenario of the world. Let's see how things are coming up. But this kind of price is certainly favourable for the Indian market."
While addressing the conference, he made it clear that lower crude prices will not change India's stance on increasing share of renewables sources in its energy mix. He also indicated that as much as 20 GW of output from bio-energy will be achieved against the envisaged 10 GW under the total renewable energy target of 175 GW till 2022.

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