The seismic data acquisition campaign by the Oil India Limited (OIL) has been underway in Northeast India.

OIL is a government of India enterprise engaged in the exploration, production, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas having footprints in other energy sectors.

It was awarded 9 blocks, seven in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast and two in Rajasthan under OALP-1 round.

OIL earned the distinction of being the first operator to commence exploration activities in OALP blocks in the country through conduct of 2D & 3D seismic data acquisition in Rajasthan blocks in the month of November 2019.

The seismic data acquisition in the Northeast was started by OIL in its OALP blocks – AA-ONHP-2017/17  & AA-ONHP-2017/18  on January 27, 2020, & January 28, 2020, respectively.

Dhemaji deputy commissioner Narsingh Pawar and superintendent of police Dr Dhananjay Parshuram Ghanawat visited the field site of AA-ONHP-2017/18 block in Dhemaji district on Saturday.

They were received in the field by the OIL team led by Dr. P. Chandrasekaran, director (exploration & development).

The high-ranking officials of the government took a keen interest in understanding the process of hydrocarbon exploration, development and production and queried about the various technologies that are used in seismic data acquisition.

The OIL informed that state-of-the-art cableless technology is being used for seismic data acquisition in the block.

While assuring all support from the government, they urged the OIL to carry out further exploration activities in the state so that more hydrocarbon resources are discovered leading to an overall improvement in the quality of life in the region.

The seven blocks awarded to OIL under OALP-1 in the Northeast are contiguous to its existing operational areas known as the main producing area in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

OIL plans to carry out intensive exploration activities in its quest of establishing more hydrocarbon reserves.

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: