Dharmendra Pradhan launches National Seismic Program at Mahanadi Basin


Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, , inaugurated the National Seismic Program (NSP) at Taranga in Balasore district of Odisha on 12 October 2016. The Odisha Minister for Steel and Mines Mr. Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Joint Secretary (MoPNG) Mr. Amar Nath, CMD of ONGC Mr. Dinesh K Sarraf, Director (Exploration) Mr. A K Dwivedi and other senior officials of Ministry of P&NG, State Government and ONGC were present on the occasion. The launch was witnessed by a large number of local population.

The NSP 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.

Hon’ble MoS launching the NSP at Mahanadi Basin (Onland)

Under this program, 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 approx. 40,835 Line Kilometer (LKM) in onland part of 26 sedimentary basins in 18 states/ Union Territoryof 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.National Seismic Program (NSP) for 2D seismic Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation (API) Project will be completed by March, 2019.

Mahanadi Basin in Odisha has been chosen as the first location for the roll out of the National Seismic Programme. The 2D seismic survey of unapprised area in Mahanadi Basin (Onland) would establish potential of hydrocarbon resources in the state. 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 Odisha.

High-resolution 2D seismic acquisition with cutting edge modern technology is planned in Mahanadi Basin area. The Acquisition stageis scheduled from October 2016 to June 2018 while Processing and Interpretation are scheduled from July 2018 to December 2018.

Hon’ble MoS addressing the gathering at the NSP launch

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. The total investment for the seismic acquisition in the onland Mahanadi Basin is Rs.79.57 Cr.

“Our government is giving a lot of focus to hydrocarbon data.”, Shri Pradhan said at the launch of the NSP. As much as 48% of the Indian sedimentary basin remains unappraised, and there has been no major finding in new sediments in the last 25 years, he added.

“In addition to the national seismic programme, we are carrying out a reassessment of hydrocarbon data of existing sedimentary basins. The third big thing is the single platform where all the data is being brought together – The National Data Repository (NDR),which we will be dedicating to the nation very soon”, the Minister said.

Dignitaries and media persons rise to the ONGC Song

The minister expressed confidence that once hydrocarbon potential of Odisha is established through these initiatives, it would lead to Exploration & Production (E&P) activities and attract significant investment to the sector in the State generating employment opportunity and bringing prosperity to the State.

ONGC CMD Dinesh K Sarraf addressing the gathering

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sarraf said that this is a historic day for the people of Odisha and India as ONGC begins work on the ambitious NSP that will add to the national repository of hydrocarbon data. He said that hydrocarbon discovery adds to the value creation of state and in turn benefits its people. Mr. Sarraf urged the local population to co-operate with ONGC in its efforts to bring the NSP to a successful fruition. Director (Exploration) Mr A K Dwivedi presented the vote of thanks.

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