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Shale gas mining India to Devise Policy to Tap Its Shale-Gas Reserves

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Indian Petroleum Minister R. P. N. Singh recently announced the government’s intent to identify and exploit areas rich in shale gas deposits as potential sources of fuel in the coming years.

Indian Petroleum Minister RPN Singh recently announced the government’s intent to identify and exploit areas rich in shale gas after the deposits public ONGC discovered huge shale gas reserves at West-Benghal. (Picture: PROCESS India)
Indian Petroleum Minister RPN Singh recently announced the government’s intent to identify and exploit areas rich in shale gas after the deposits public ONGC discovered huge shale gas reserves at West-Benghal. (Picture: PROCESS India)

New Delhi, India – This announcement follows close on the heels of the pact signed with the US for sharing technologies and ideas on formulating a regulatory framework for the mining of shale gas. Recently, the government owned Oil and Natural Gas Corparation (ONGC) discovered the country’s biggest shale-gas reserve in Durgapur, West Bengal, with 12,000 sq. km. The gas-reserve found at Durgapur was also the first shale-gas discovery in Asia. “Detailed studies are being taken up to identify the prospective basins and areas, and estimate the shale gas resources in the country,” stated Mr Singh.

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