Moily's special team to reassess O&G potential

Moily's special team to reassess O&G potential

Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Monday approved the constituting of a multi-organisational team to reassess the country's hydrocarbon resources.

The minister approved "a Multi Organisation Team (MOT) to carry out reassessment of hydrocarbon resources of India in all its 26 sedimentary basins. The exercise will cover all the 26 sedimentary basins of India," an offcial statement here said.

"Resource assessment is required to be completed within 30 months," it added. 

It said the last such exercise was carried out in 15 sedimentary basins around two decades ago and is overdue for full scale revision in view of the vast amount of data collected since then, the ministry said. 

"There is also an urgent need for the fresh estimation in the remaining 11 sedimentary basins as well, for which no hydrocarbon resources have been estimated so far," it said. 

The MOT has been asked to estimate the resources of 3.14 million square km of the 26 sedimentary basins of India and prepare a basin-wise portfolio. MOT will comprise of exploration heads of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) and Oil India  and will also have an official from the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH). 

A National Steering Committee headed by the petroleum secretary and including the regulator Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), exploration heads of ONGC and Oil India and the head of the KDMIPE, has been set up to periodically review the work done. 

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