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    ONGC to commercialise Vindhya basin in central India


Exploratory well Hatta#3 produced over 62,044 m3/day of gas.

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ONGC to commercialise Vindhya basin in central India

State-run ONGC on March 31 said it will commercialise the Vindhyan gas basin located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This would be the ninth producing basin of India.

Exploratory well Hatta#3 was drilled with the objective to establish commercial potential through detailed testing to acquire reservoir-specific data. “The well produced over 62,044 m3/day of gas, thus confirming the production potential of Proterozoic basin for the first time in India,” ONGC said.

ONGC said it is now working out various monetisation options for the gas such as direct marketing to industries in the vicinity, cluster-based gas production through cascade systems, CNG bottling at the well-head and transportation using the available facility.

Active exploration in the Vindhyan basin began with the acquisition of seismic data in the late 1980s. The very first well Jabera#1, drilled in 1991, produced around 2,000 m3/day of gas.