Oil and gas producer Oil India Ltd is looking at buying a stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp's Mississippi Lime formation in Oklahoma, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
Oil and gas producer Oil India Ltd
"Oil India is examining this and will shortly send a team to the United States," the source said, adding it is too early to comment on the size of the stake that Oil India could buy.
Oil India wants to invest between USD 1 billion and USD 1.2 billion for acquiring overseas oil and gas producing assets, its finance director said in October.
Chesapeake last month said it expects to strike a joint venture in this quarter for its unconventional liquid-rich Mississippi Lime play covering two million acres.
The source said Oil India may partner other state-run firms like Oil and Natural Gas Corp
Oil India and Chesapeake could not be reached for comment.
Oil India, whose assets in India's northeast account for its entire crude oil production and the bulk of gas production, has been aggressively scouting for overseas assets in discovered and producing areas. The US No. 2 gas producer needs money to close a funding gap.
The government allowed state-run Oil India to go global in December 2005 and since then it has acquired stakes in assets in countries including Venezuela, Libya, Gabon, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Nigeria and Sudan.
India, the world's fourth-largest oil importer, imports about 80% of its crude needs. It is scouting for oil and gas assets abroad to meet rising local demand and to feed its expanding refining capacity.
In the United States, Indian gas utility GAIL India