GUWAHATI: ONGC has put to production two discoveries it has made in Jorhat district in Assam in 2016-17. After almost three years this is ONGC’s biggest discovery in Assam.
Director (Onshore) of ONGC, Ved Prakash Mahawar who was in Guwahati on Friday said, “After three years we have done reserve accretion 10 Million metric tones in Assam. We have made two good discoveries Sufayan and Dayalpur. We are getting production of 50 tones per day from these fields and the overall production of Jorhat asset have increased from 350 tones per day to 400 tones per day.”
He added, “As soon as we discovered these two fields we put them on production. We are working on the development plan of these fields and production will further increase. From the two assets of Jorhat and Assam in this fiscal year we have a target of production of .96 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) which we will achieve, already we have achieved 98 percent of the target.”
ONGC is looking for entry in Nagaland. Mahawar said,” Talks are going on in the ministry level. Our ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is very positive and taking up the matter aggressively. How to move about, will it in partnership mode or something else will be decided later. The government has to give us mandate; we want to produce from Nagaland and pay royalty to the government.”
He added, “ONGC is trying at its level but do not know how much this will yield result. However we have said to the ministry that this area huge potential of oil and gas. Ministry has taken up this seriously and wants to same to bring in production as fast as possible. Our wells in Nagaland are abandoned and wells are cement plugged. If we get go ahead we can start and make development plan for the same.”
ONGC had stooped activities in Nagaland in 1994 after the militant outfit NSCN (IM) asked it to quit the state.
Director (Onshore) said, “ In North Tripura’s Kubal ONGC had five wells, in two wells we got good results in other two we did not had much success. We did 3D survey of the area for there was impression that area had huge reserve. Initially we thought that it is big pool later we found that there is channel sand.”
He added, “ To exploit the channel sand we have different strategy. Gas is there. We are putting three rigs and will explore the area. Drilling activities in Tripura is almost doubled. We are trying to use the gas discovered in Tripura in Northeast India. The ONGC’s total daily gas production is 45 lakh cubic metre whereas our commitment is 50 lakh cubic metre. We will able to meet the shortfall by shortly and if we get more gas after the commitment, we may give it to ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) in Tripura which has sought more gas from us.”
He said that in Arunachal Pradesh ONGC did not have much success. “However there is gas reserve. We are working on the exploration plan for the area.”
Source: The Economic Times