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56 Blocks Identified for Shale Gas Production
Jul 17, 2014

Under the first phase of assessment of shale gas and oil, exploration and exploitation, at present, 56 Petroleum Exploration Lease (PEL)/ Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) blocks (ONGC-50, and OIL-6) have been identified by National Oil Companies (NOCs). These blocks are located in Assam (7 blocks), Arunachal Pradesh (1 block), Gujarat (28 blocks), Rajasthan (1 block), Andhra Pradesh (10 blocks) and Tamil Nadu (9 blocks). 

ONGC has drilled one well where coring has been completed. In addition, ONGC has collected cores from another 7 wells. 

The Government has, on 14 October 2013, notified the policy guidelines for exploration and exploitation of shale gas and oil by National Oil Companies (NOCs) in their onland Petroleum Exploration Lease (PEL)/Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) blocks awarded under the nomination regimes. 

As per the policy, the NOCs will undertake a mandatory minimum work programme in a fixed time frame for shale gas and oil exploration and exploitation, so that there is optimum accretion and development of shale gas and oil resources. 


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