Paris : Russia has expressed keen interest in investing in India's energy sector, even as Sudan invited Indian companies to bid for oil assets in its territory and develop the upstream hydrocarbons business.
These developments were the outcome of a series of meetings India's Petroleum Minister Murli Deora held with his counterparts from other countries on the margins of a Unesco ministerial meeting here late Thursday.
During his talks with Russian Industry and Energy Minister Victor Khristenko, Deora invited Russian energy companies to invest in India and said Indian oil majors were also keen on acquiring energy assets in Russia, officials said.
Khristenko said Russian companies could utilise the investment opportunities in India in the oil and gas sector in general, and in the downstream activities in particular.
The Sudanese Energy Minister Awad Ahmad Alijaz lauded the role played by ONGC Videsh, the overseas arm of India's state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp in the development of Sudanese oil exploration and production sectors.
ONGC Videsh, the Sudanese minister said, had completing a pipeline project in Sudan before schedule and invited Indian companies to aggressively participate in the coming round of bidding for exploration blocks in Sudan.