ONGC chases shale gas in West Bengal

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 23
-- India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd. has formulated a comprehensive shale gas pilot program and has spudded its first well northwest of Calcutta in West Bengal state.

ONGC on Sept. 21 spudded the RNSG-1 well is in Ichapur village near Durgapur in the Burdwan district. It is projected to 2,000 m to assess the potential of a 700-m-thick shale of Permian age. Schlumberger has the contract to manage operations at the first well, and ONGC expects to have results by the end of October.

ONGC plans to drill three more shale gas wells in the Damodar basin in West Bengal and Bihar states.

The company said it took a systematic approach to unconventional gas starting in 2006. It identified, characterized, and prioritized Indian basins that hold promise for shale gas by comparing them with US basins. It highgraded the Damodar and Cambay basins based on gas content, geochemical parameters, logistics, and depth considerations.

Related Articles

Advanced technology rebuilds global hydrocarbon resource base

10/01/2013 DENVER, Colo.—Technology will transform the future of the oil and gas industry. "We believe there is a nontrivial chance that unconventional r...

Gazprom Neft expands W. Siberia shale oil research

08/09/2013 Gazprom Neft has approved the continued study of shale oil reserves at the Bazheno-Abalaksky complex of the Palyanovskaya zone at Krasnoleninskoye ...

Sanchez Energy to drill in Tuscaloosa marine shale trend

08/08/2013 Sanchez Energy Corp., Houston, said it will become a 50-50 partner with an affiliate with acquisition of 40,000 net undeveloped acres in the emergi...

Santos GLNG, QCLNG projects ink deal for gas interconnect

07/08/2013 Two of the coal seam gas-to-LNG schemes at Gladstone on Queensland’s central-west coast have inked a deal that will enable them to swap gas through...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected