Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Oil India Limited (OIL) is highly optimistic of finding hydrocarbon deposits, especially natural gas in Mizoram.
OIL chief manager for exploration Rupjyoti Phukan told a press conference here today that they expect natural gas as exploration is in progress in several places in Mizoram.
He believes that Mizoram is sitting on potential natural gas reserves.
“We found good quality natural gas deposit in Maubuang area, but the quantity was not feasible for commercial purposes,” he said.
Drilling was done at Maubuang, which is around 40 km south of Aizawl and at Keifang area in eastern Aizawl district and did not yield any positive results.
Phukan said that OIL has applied to the central ministry for 3 years extension for exploration activities.
“We would start drilling in central Mizoram’s Thenzawl area very soon and the company is highly optimistic of finding hydrocarbon deposits in the area,” he said.
According to Phukan exploration could not be expedited in Mizoram due to hard formation of basin unlike in other parts of India.
He said that there has been infrastructural bottlenecks within and near the state such as roads that are unable to host vehicles that carry heavy machinery and the absence of rail services. He added that putting up a rig could not be done faster because of these logistics problems.
Phukan also said that OIL is conducting exploration in around 8 places in Mizoram.
The Hydrocarbons major company began drilling operations at it’s Aibawk 1 well, about 35 kms from Aizawl in July 2014.
Four oil giants including Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) and India Oil Company (IOC) are currently engaged in oil and natural gas exploration in Mizoram and OIL currently has a license to operate in 3213 sq kms in central Mizoram, while ONGC has sway over 4009 sq.kms.