Reliance Industries shares soar
Veerappa Moily was appointed as the country's new Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, replacing Jaipal Reddy, as part of a broader cabinet reshuffle unveiled on Sunday.
Sentiment-wise this would be positive, as with the earlier minister approvals were not coming on time. Talks between the company and the ministry may improve, said an industry analyst at a large domestic brokerage, who declined to be identified.
V.K Vijayakumar, Investment strategist at Geogit BNP Paribas, said Moily may fast track some approvals.
Further approval regarding the joint application by Reliance Industries and BP for KG- D6 gas might get expedited, that is one possibility, he said.
Reliance, controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Asia's second-richest man, has clashed with the oil ministry under Reddy over gas output at the conglomerate's KG-D6 block in India 's east coast.
Reliance and partner BP Plc have blamed a decline in pressure and water ingress for falling production, and sought an increase in gas prices to justify higher expenditure to develop the block, but the government has so far remained unconvinced.
Hopes of an improved relationship were raised last week, when the oil ministry Ė which must approve key work at KG-D6 Ė did approve Reliance's plans to further develop natural gas output at the block,