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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 12:

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated the National Seismic Programme (NSP) at Taranga village in Baleswar district of Odisha.

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According to a press notification issued by the Minister’s office, Mahanadi Basin in Odisha has been chosen as the first location for the roll out of the NSP. The 2D seismic survey of unapprised area in Mahanadi Basin (onland) would establish potential of hydrocarbon resources in the state.

The total investment for the seismic acquisition in the onland Mahanadi Basin is Rs 79.57 Cr. The outcome from the NSP would contribute to better understanding of the sub-surface with petroleum systems across wider geological ages to explore the hydrocarbon reserves in Odisha.

In the Mahanadi Basin, Bhadrak-Jajpur area of about 2189 LKM and Chilika Lake area of about 341 LKM have been identified covering primarily Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of the state under the programme.

High-resolution 2D seismic acquisition with cutting edge modern technology is planned in Mahanadi Basin area.

The acquisition stage is scheduled from October 2016 to June 2018 while processing and interpretation are scheduled from July 2018 to December 2018.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Pradhan expressed confidence that once hydrocarbon potential of Odisha is established through these initiatives, it would lead to exploration and production activities and attract significant investment to the sector in the state generating employment opportunity and bringing prosperity to the state.

The overall programme aims to undertake a fresh appraisal in all sedimentary basins across India, especially where no/scanty data is available, to have better understanding of the hydrocarbon potential of India.  Under this programme, ONGC and OIL have been entrusted to conduct 2D seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation (API) across India.

While ONGC has been assigned to carry out 2D seismic API of approximately 40,835 Line Kilo Meter (LKM) in onland part of 26 sedimentary basins in 18 states/ Union Territory of India including Odisha’s Mahanadi basin, OIL has been assigned to carry out 2D seismic API of 7408 LKM in the state of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.

The NSP for 2D seismic API project will be completed by March, 2019.

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