OIL starts drilling near Aizawl to tap hydrocarbon reserves

The company is currently preparing for hydro-fracturing processes to extract the reserves.

By: Express News Service | Maubuang (mizoram) | Published:July 8, 2014 1:29 am

Hydrocarbons major Oil India Limited (OIL) on Monday began drilling operations at it’s Aibawk 1 well about 35 km from Mizoram capital Aizawl, an action that marks the PSU’s first major activity in a bid to tap into the state’s hydrocarbon reserves.

ONGC, the other major oil PSU, has a head-start in the state’s northern areas and has already found around 2.2 billion cubic metres of natural gas reserves near Meidum village. The company is currently preparing for hydro-fracturing processes to extract the reserves, according to HL Mawia, director of geology and mineral resources.

At a ceremony to mark Monday’s start of OIL’s drilling operations, Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla called the state’s huge hydrocarbon reserves “God’s gift for his chosen people’s prosperity”, but admitted that there has been infrastructural bottlenecks.

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