Imperial Energy Corporation

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Imperial Energy Corporation
Private, subsidiary of ONGC
Industry Oil and gas industry
Founded 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Leeds, United Kingdom
Key people
Peter Levine, Chairman
Christopher Hopkinson, CEO
Revenue US$19.9 million (2007)[clarification needed]
US$39 million (2007)[clarification needed]
US$42.5 million (2007)[clarification needed]
Parent ONGC

Imperial Energy Corporation plc is a British-based petroleum exploration and production business operating in Siberia. It is headquartered in Leeds and is a subsidiary of India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.


The business was founded in 2004. In 2007 it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company was acquired by ONGC for $2.1 billion in January 2009.[1]


Imperial Energy Corporation produces approximately 80% of its oil from Maiskoye field and 20% from Snezhnoye field in Tomsk region. The company had an extraordinarily high exploration success rate under British management with exploration activity on all blocks, in particular block 80 to the north of the river Ob, where a significant new Cretaceous play was discovered in June 2008. However, recent exploration results under the new Indian management have been disappointing. In addition, new investment aimed at boosting production has not materialised causing production levels to drop below targets. The parent company ONGC have recently run into trouble with the Government over poor operational results, unpaid salaries, legal confrontations with staff and outsourcing of valuable contracts to foreign companies resulting in a warning that future projects involving ONGC depended on better results from this current project.

Imperial Energy have a large number of promising and previously undrilled structures in all blocks in addition to 3.5 billion barrels of reserves currently in the 3p or 'possible' category. New exploration wells and seismic data are planned for 2010. [2]

Imperial Energy has two operational pipelines flowing west of the Ob River: the 152 kilometres (94 mi) long Maiskoye-Luginetskoye pipeline and the 152 kilometres (94 mi) Snezhnoye-Zavyalovo pipeline, connected with the Transneft's pipeline system. The company also constructs the third pipeline linking its Block 80, East of the Ob River, to Zavyalovo.[3]


The company is currently operating through four subsidiaries:

  • Allianceneftegaz
  • Sevkazgra
  • Sibinterneft
  • Nord Imperial[4]

The business is organised on a geographic basis:


  1. ^ "ONGC chairman defends acquisition of Imperial Energy". The Hindu. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Imperial Energy - Production and Reserves". OilVoice. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Imperial Energy provides Tomsk pipeline update". OilVoice. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Imperial Energy - Description". OilVoice. Retrieved 2008-06-15.

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