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Natural gas reserves in MP confirmed

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 13:55 IST
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More gas zones hinted in State, ONGC explores
EVEN AS presence of natural gas reserves in eastern part of the State has been confirmed, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has been entrusted with the task of further exploration in more potential areas as the reserve found till date are not commercially viable.

On Thursday, a team of senior ONGC officials gave a presentation in this regard at the MP Council of Science and Technology (MPCST).

The ONGC team said that there are indications of natural gas reserves in Anhoni in Piparia (Hoshangabad district), Rajgarh, Jabera (Damoh) and other parts of the eastern Madhya Pradesh. The ONGC is carrying out exploration work for hydrocarbon reserves in the Vindhyachal, Satpura and South Rewa Basin of the State.

The team mentioned that presence of hydrocarbon/natural gas has been confirmed in Jabera and Kharkhari areas. The potential of natural gas at Jabera is 2000 to 3000 square meters per day, which falls in non-commercial level.
 
The MPCST is taking keen interest in this matter and ready to share some important geological data that it has with the ONGC, so that the exploration work becomes easier and more effective. However, during the next few years, the ONGC would be conducting exploration work at Damoh-Jabera-Katni and Tamia belts by using 2-D seismic survey and there are chances of finding more substantial reserves, the team said.

The team included chief geologist U C Pradhan and deputy general manager (geology) Vinod Ranjan. Former general manager and advisor for petroleum exploration Dr G C Agrawal was present while Director general of MPCST Dr Mahesh Sharma presided over the presentation.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Dr Sharma lauded the work being carried out by ONGC, as it is very important for the State. He said MPCST has very important data of rock groups, geological structures and other important data collected under the National Natural Resource Information System (NNRIS) and this data could be used in the exploration of oil and natural gas. He said that keeping in mind the importance of the work, he would hold discussions with the Chief Minister urging him to write to senior ONGC officials to continue the exploration work.

Dr G C Agrawal urged the ONGC officials to make available the data and reports on the current exploration to the MPCST so that other departments could make use of it. Officials of the Department of Geology and Mining, State Government officials, faculty of the Geology Department of Barkatullah University and scientists of the council participated in the discussions.
 
In the pipeline
- There are indications of natural gas reserves in Piparia, Rajgarh, Jabera (Damoh) and other parts of the State
- The MPCST is taking keen interest in this matter and ready to share some important geological data that it has with the ONGC

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