Favourable economic policies invigorate Indian energy industry

November 14th, 2007 - 8:07 am ICT by admin  
New Country Industry Forecasts from the Frost and Sullivan Economic Research and Analytics team addressing the Indian energy industry reveal that Asia has been emphasising on energy independence by developing economically viable alternate fuels such as renewable energy, hydroelectricity, and biofuels. The government-backed Indian energy industry expected to expand greatly during 2007 to 2010.

The spectacular growth of the Indian economy is based on sound economic fundamentals and this trend is set to continue till 2020. The Government has made considerable progress in nurturing the economy by encouraging private sector activity. India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policies are liberal and transparent. FDI of up to 100 percent is allowed for the setting up coal processing plants, oil and gas exploration from small and medium fields, and construction of petroleum products pipeline.

The country is emerging as a major consumer of oil products, creating a considerable need for the large-scale expansion of onshore and offshore exploration and extraction. Due to the Government’s inability to invest heavily in oil exploration, large-scale private sector inflows are essential to augment capacity in the oil industry.

“The Government of India has taken a proactive stance on the energy industry and has laid emphasis on enhancing the country’s energy security,” says Frost and Sullivan Srinivasa Reddy N.S., Research Analyst for the ERA group. “In its eleventh five-year plan (2007-2012) the Indian Government is likely to focus on energy supply through capacity creation and strengthening of the energy infrastructure.”

The Government is proactively promoting the industry by signing numerous agreements with countries including Russia and the United States. As India will continue to be dependent on imports for its oil needs, the economy will be vulnerable to international oil price fluctuations.

The reform process, which has deregulated the Indian economy and has given a boost to domestic and foreign investments, is expected to continue at the same pace. This trend, supported by flexible tax structures, will make India one of the prime global destinations for business. The economic prospects of the country are looking up as per capita incomes have risen, prices stabilised, and the exchange rate volatility diminished.

India’s massive population is a primary contributor in the consumption-led growth of energy demand. With an increase from 1.0 billion in 2000 to 1.10 billion in 2006, India now accounts for one-sixth of the world population. An annual population growth of nearly 17 million (nearly double of that of China’s rate) is expected to make India the world’s most populous nation by 2030.

“India is planning to enhance its Rand D efforts in exploration and production of energy resources, giving priority to the areas of offshore natural gas exploration and extraction of coal from deep and in-situ coal gasification,” notes Reddy. “This is likely to provide opportunities for equipment manufacturers and suppliers of oil and gas industry.”

The three-part series addressing the Indian energy industry is part of the Frost and Sullivan Energy Growth Partnership Service. The Political and Policy Analysis of the Indian energy industry provides a detailed coverage of the political establishment, general economic and industry-specific policies, and their impact on the industry.

The Economic Analysis provides an overview of the market size, a discussion of drivers as well as restraints, and an analysis of market structure in the context of the overall Indian economy. The Social, Infrastructure, and Labour Analysis studies the labour market dynamics, infrastructure conditions, and consumption profile of end users. Analyst interviews and briefings to the press are available.

Frost and Sullivan’s Country Industry Forecast research provides a unique country-specific perspective on various industries. The valuable Country-Industry Linkage includes in-depth analyses and forecasts. (ANI)

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