Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches National Seismic Programme in Mahanadi Basin:
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday launched the national seismic programme to carry out assessment of unappraised areas across the country for potential oil and natural gas reserves. The massive 2D seismic survey, which will cost the government more than Rs 5,000 crore, has been launched here on Mahanadi basin (onshore) in Odisha.
ONGC will carry out the national seismic programme (NSP) in most parts of the country while Oil India Ltd will undertake the project in northeastern states. NSP will cover an estimated 48,243 line kilometre, covering 26 sedimentary basins divided into 11 units.
On Wednesday, ONGC began the survey work on the Mahanadi basin (onland). The presence of gas has been established about 30 km offshore of Dhamra in a discovery by Reliance in the past. In fact ONGC has sought time from the government to pursue further exploration at two deep water blocks that the company hasn’t surrendered, said senior officials present.
ONGC CMD Dinesh K Saraf and Odisha steel and mines minister Prafulla Kumar Mallik were among those present. ONGC, which has already begun survey in Saurashtra, aims to have three-fourths of the total area in the country to be appraised by 2020.