India starts testing shale-gas plays

Santosh Kumar Das Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Raebareli, India Although the first test of a shale-gas reservoir in India failed, plans for other tests continue. The first shale well (RNSG No. 1) was drilled by Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. (ONGC) in cooperation with Schlumberger in Ichapur village near Durgapur, West Bengal (Fig. 1). Fig. 1 also shows the location of RNSG No. 2, drilling of which is under study. Other promising regions for shale-gas exploitation are Cambay in Gujarat state, Assam-Arakan in northeast India, and Raghavapuram shale on India's east coast. One complication in India is that the government-issued leases for conventional petroleum exploration...

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