Militancy forced oil, hydrocarbon explorations to discontinue in violence-hit J&K state
Srinagar, May 21 -Notwithstanding the fact that the violence and bloodshed in the past 20 years of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir forced discontinuation of exploration of oil and gas activities in the region, two internationally acclaimed geo-scientists and researchers today strongly recommended the agencies like the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to resume their operations in Jammu and Kashmir adding that it was also a high time to formulate an oil exploration policy for the J&K state.
Dr. Bindra Thusu, professor, Maghreb Petroleum Group at the University College London, and Professor G. M. Bhat, Geology Department, University of Jammu, today strongly recommended the ONGC to resume hydrocarbon exploration in the state of Jammu and Kashmir with new technology in place as compared to the time when the exploration was stopped.
Delivering a presentation on “Hydrocarbon Exploration Activity in Jammu and Kashmir State: Current Status” at a three-day international workshop on "Energy Challenges in Jammu and Kashmir State: A case study for the Energy Research Institute" being organized jointly by University of Kashmir, University of Jammu and Maghreb Petroleum Research Group, University College London at University of Kashmir, the two geo-scientists said militancy, undoubtedly was cause of concern and security became an issue which forced companies like ONGC to move away from Jammu and Kashmir. However, they rued that oil exploration and drilling continued in other violence-hit Indian states like
The ONGC had suspended all its activities in petroleum exploration 22 years back in 1987 in
“Militancy stopped oil and hydrocarbon exploration in J&K. The only activity DGH undertook was inclusion of potentially prospective blocks in NELP (New exploration licensing policy) VII and NELP VIII rounds in 2008 and 2009. In the final NELP VII and NELP VIII rounds these blocks were dropped by the Ministry of Petroleum,” informed Professor Thusu who is based in
The ONGC had a plan to drill in Rajouri District but violence hampered their operations. The drilling rigs were moved from the state in 1987 and never returned till today. Sadly, the reason being projected for this was the turmoil in the state while other hand militancy-hit states like
Strongly recommending the ONGC to resume its activity in J&K, Prof Thusu and Prof Bhat backed by the other geoscientists attending the conference suggested that the Directorate of Geology and Mining be re-organized as the Directorate of Energy, Geo-science and Mining and the proposed Directorate should initiate research for hydrocarbons on the model of Gujarat Sate Oil Corporation and ONGC should provide the data on the exploration activity done by them.
The data, they added, should be utilized in collaborative research between the universities of J&K and the proposed Directorate
Regarding hydrocarbon prospectivity in the state of
Given these time constrains in view, they said, it is high time to formulate an oil exploration policy for the J&K state. In this regard a modest beginning has been made in the Geology Department of
Professor Bhat informed that
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