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  • Recognised as one of the five best major PSUs in India, and one of three best energy sector PSUs in the country
  • Second largest hydrocarbon exploration and production (E&P) Indian public sector company
  • Pioneered the implementation of the concepts of modern reservoir management in the Indian oil industry
  • Pioneer in crude oil transportation in south-east Asia

Oil India Private Ltd (OIL) was incorporated in 1959 to expand and develop the newly discovered oil fields of Naharkatiya and Moran in India’s north-east. In 1961, it became a joint venture (JV) company between the Indian government and Burmah Oil Company Ltd, UK. In 1981, OIL became a wholly-owned Government of India enterprise.

Today, OIL is a premier Indian national oil company engaged in the business of exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas, transportation of crude oil and production of LPG.  At present, the Government of India is the promoter of the company, holding 68.43 per cent of OIL’s total issued and paid-up capital. The balance 31.57 per cent of the equity capital is held by the public and others including corporate bodies, mutual funds, banks, FIIs, resident individuals, etc.

OIL has over 100,000 sq km of PEL/ML areas for its exploration and production activities, most of it in the India’s north east, which accounts for its entire crude oil production and majority of gas production. Rajasthan is the other producing area of OIL, contributing 10 per cent of its total gas production. OIL currently owns and operates 13 drilling rigs and 14 work-over rigs, besides charter hiring drilling rigs based on operational requirement.

Additionally, OIL’s exploration activities are spread over onshore areas of Ganga Valley and Mahanadi. OIL also has participating interest in NELP exploration blocks in Mahanadi Offshore, Mumbai Deepwater, Krishna–Godavari Deepwater, etc. It has various overseas projects in Libya, Gabon, USA, Nigeria and Sudan.


OIL India Limited: A Premier Oil Company

2013 Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) and wins the ‘7th ENERTIA Awards 2013’ for Fuels and Resources
2012 Receives Business Leadership Award in Oil and Gas Sector by NDTV Profit
2011 Signs ten-year agreement to augment research in areas of petroleum biotechnology and new and renewable energy resources.
2010 Joins a multibillion dollar integrated oil project In Venezuela;  receives certificate conferring the ‘Navaratna’ status and also receives the ‘Heavyweight Miniratna’ PSU award at the second Dalal Street Investment Journal PSU Award ceremony
2008 Acquires four Libyan blocks, after Oil India and IOC team up with Sonatrach
Oil And Gas
The Oil and Gas industry is expected to attract US$ 25 billion investment in exploration and production by 2022.