"Launch of Discovered Small Field (DSF) Bid Round-II on August 9, 2018, in New Delhi," the upstream regulator tweeted.
Besides, efforts are on for increasing domestic production of oil and gas, capitalising untapped potential in bio-fuels and other alternate fuels, and implementing measures for refinery process improvements, Pradhan said during the Question Hour.
The land for the Mohali NSTI was given by farmers of village Saneta and the cost of the project was Rs 17 crore.
"It is imperative that the government and the private sector works hand in hand to ensure a successful skilled ecosystem," Pradhan said.
Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said he has asked the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board to work towards laying gas pipelines along the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, which if done will add 20 more districts.
A senior Sena leader said that Thackeray conveyed it to Pradhan that a meeting was pointless, as an MoU between Saudi Aramco and ADNOC to develop the refinery at Nanar in Ratnagiri has already been inked.
The minister, while addressing a function here, said the Congress is projecting the Independence struggle in a manner in which it seems that only one family fought for it.
The Congress has been claiming that they were also in the government but fuel prices were not so high in 2012, 2013, 2014. Pradhan was addressing a function organised here by the BJP on the 43rd anniversary of Emergency.
We are in talks that India could bid in the next licensing round of UAE with some Middle Eastern nation companies like Mubadala," Dharmendra Pradhan, India's oil minister said.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, however, called Gandhi's claim “a new lie” manufactured by his “Fake News Factory”.
The global economic outlook already has threats from trade wars, geopolitical events and fear of instability coming back to the Euro Zone.
The world faces likely lower oil exports from Iran, OPEC's third-biggest producer, after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord with a vow to renew sanctions against Tehran.
The ruling BJD, however, accused Pradhan of playing "cheap politics" by releasing his letter to media.
"There will be an OPEC conference in Vienna on June 22...Whenever we have met OPEC members, we have told them that crude oil prices should be controlled, reasonable, responsible and should meet demand. We will raise this issue there," the oil minister told reporters here at a CII conference.
Production cuts by OPEC have led to international oil prices hitting a four-year high last month that forced a Rs 3.8 per litre hike in petrol and Rs 3.38 a litre increase in diesel prices.
Pradhan, on a visit to the city to promote bidding for city-gas distribution licences, said, "For this, based on co-ordination, a way will be evolved. There is a provision of ethanol blending up to 10 per cent. In the coming days, there will be immense possibilities about use of ethanol. The farmers will also benefit from this in a major way."
The Union minister for petroleum and natural gas said that the project was delayed as the state government allegedly failed to provide land on time.
Since January 1, 2018, petrol prices have risen by Rs 7.75 a litre and diesel by Rs 9.16. Petrol price in Delhi was Rs 71.41 a litre and diesel was priced at Rs 56.71 when the present BJP government took office.
Prices of diesel and petrol in India have surged to a record high, stoking opposition criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration for causing hardship to ordinary people.
Petrol prices today touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre and diesel climbed to its highest-ever level of Rs 67.57 as the oil PSUs passed on four weeks of relentless rise in international oil prices to consumers.
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, the Mission is training people in different skills ranging from industrial welding, industrial electrician to computer data application course, he said at the second foundation day function of the Oil Ministrys Skill Development Institute (SDI) here.
Pradhan conveyed India's concerns when Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih called him last evening "to discuss continued joint cooperation between the two countries and in particular the current oil market situation", an official statement said here.
Declining to say as to what the central government was doing to address the issue, Pradhan said the states should cut sales tax or VAT on petrol and diesel to ease the burden.
"All the four major Asian economies should come together. And India will try to create a network for that within the four countries," he said, referring to a need to have a greater say in importing crude oil from OPEC nations.
Earlier, the target under the Centre's flagship scheme was to give 5 crore LPG connections across the country which was raised to 8 crore with additional allocation of fund in the current fiscal 2018-19.