Continuing its untiring efforts to explore natural hydrocarbons in unconventional reservoirs, ONGC has ventured into Shale Gas exploration by spudding the first Shale Gas well RNSG-1 in Ichapur village near Durgapur in Burdwan District of West Bengal on September 21, 2010. The well is targeted to a depth of 2000 mts and will be assessing the Shale Gas potential of about 700 mts thick shale. of Permian age which is about 250 to 300 million years old. As its R&D efforts, ONGC plans to drill three more wells in Damodar Valley by end of XI Plan.
Presently ONGC has worked out a comprehensive shale gas pilot execution program to test flow the shale gas in the field and learn about proprietary technologies, initially in the Damodar Valley basins. The beginning has been made with the spudding of the first well. The contract has been awarded to M/s Schlumberger and the results of this well is expected by October 30, 2010.
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