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Cabinet approves survey of Sedimentary Basins of India

Published on September 13, 2017
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its approval for a significant project to acquire 48,243 Line Kilometer (LKM) 2D seismic data for appraisal of Indian sedimentary basins.
A very limited data is limited data is available about these basins

Cabinet approves survey of Sedimentary Basins of India

Background of the project

  • India has 26 sedimentary basins that cover an area of 3.14 Million Sq Km spread over onland, shallow water and deep water. 
  • No adequate geo-scientific data about area of 1.502 Million Sq. Km is available. 
  • Thus, as a base to launch future Exploration and Production (E&P) activities, appraisal of all unappraised areas has been considered an important task. 
  • The preparatory work started in 2015-16 and actual survey work started in 2016-17 and more than 9100 LKM 2D seismic data has been acquired till July, 2017. 

Highlights of the project

  • It will helps in giving the initial insight into the basins and helps in planning the future E&P activities. 
  • It will be useful in deciding the focus areas of the exploration activities in the country and on the basis of this primary data
  • E&P companies would take up further exploration activities in the acreages allocated to them. 
  • The project will help in increasing the investments in domestic production of oil and gas. 
  • The project will be implemented by NOCs, i.e. Oil India Limited (OIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). 
  • OIL will conduct survey in North - Eastern States while remaining area will be covered by ONGC. Survey work will be carried out in 24 States. 
  • Entire project is likely to be completed by 2019-20. 
  • Directorate General of Hydrocarbons is monitoring the project and reviewing the progress on monthly basis. 
  • After the appraisal of these basins, and based on the prospectivity of the area, blocks will be offered for further exploration & production activities which will further generate employment. 

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