(Bihar Times): The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
will soon start exploration for crude reserves
in Bihars Ganga basin. The oil giant was
recently awarded contract to explore oil and natural
gas in one block measuring 2,537 square kilometer
in Purnea by the government of India. Bihar is
one of the 55 blocks selected for oil exploration
under the new petroleum exploration licence floated
by the government of India.
is not the first time that the ONGC will be undertaking
the exploration work here. It has worked in the
Ganga basin for a year-and-a-half and had even
carried out several drillings in Bettiah, (West
Champaran), Purnea and Madhubani.
Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy Search Ltd (CESL) was commissioned
for the first phase of exploration of 15,500 square
kilomertre area in Bihars Ganga basin. Cairn Energy
has been granted a seven years licence for the Purnea
basin comprising a dozen districts covering Begusarai,
Bhagalpur, Purnea, Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, Khagaria
Madhubani, Darbhanga, Samastipur, parts of Patna and
multi-national oil giant has started collecting
seismic data in its Ganga valley block in the state.
The data is being collected through an aeromagnetic
survey. A specially designed aircraft has been hired
from Canada for this purpose. This block is considered
an important area as not too much exploration has been
carried out in the region, though there have been
evidences of hydrocarbon seepages over the years the
sources in the mines department said.