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Research Cooperation for Biotechnology Oil India Joins Research Cooperation on Biotechnology and New Energy Sources

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Oil India and The Energy and Resources Institute signed a ten year agreement for joint researches in areas of petroleum biotechnology and renewable energies.

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Nayan Mani Borah, Chairman and Managing Director of Oil India and The Energy and Resources Instute's Director Dr. R. K. Pachauri at the signing ceremony. Oil India Limited signed a ten year agreements with The Energy and Resources Institute to cooperate on researches on petroleum biotechnology and new andrRenewable energy sources. (Picture: Oil India)
Nayan Mani Borah, Chairman and Managing Director of Oil India and The Energy and Resources Instute's Director Dr. R. K. Pachauri at the signing ceremony. Oil India Limited signed a ten year agreements with The Energy and Resources Institute to cooperate on researches on petroleum biotechnology and new andrRenewable energy sources. (Picture: Oil India)

New Dehli/India – India's national oil company collaborates with the Indian Energy and Resources Institute on researches on biotechnologies and new sources of energy. A corresponding memorandum of understanding was signed by B. N. Talukdar, Oil India's Director Exploration and development and M. M. Joshi, Director Technology Dissemination and Enterprise Development for The Energy and Resources Institute in the presence of Oil India's Chairman and Managing Director Nayan Mani Borah.

Oil India hopes that biotechnology could help to provide new solutions for sustainable energy production but also for the processing of crude oil or oil residues. The cooperation with The Energy and Resources Institute mainly focusses on significant areas of R&D, such as microbial enhancement of oil recovery, removal of paraffin from oil wells and oil tubings, reduction of viscosity in heady crude, mitigation of pollution problems, increase efficiency of waste water treatments and concentrate on areas of new and renewable energy.

"Though huge investments for R&D in the petroleum industry are ongoing, the area of biotechnology for sustainable energy production and environment restoration is incomplete and needs impetus", said Nayan Mani Borah, Chairman and Managing Director of Oil India. He further added that, "the interactions between The Energy and Resources Institute and Oil India for various research and development projects in the area of environmental restoration, enhanced oil recovery, biofuel, especially algae biofuel, energy audits run back to over a decade and its research expertise has helped Oil India with solutions that have produced fascinating results in mitigating many environmental issues for the company. I am happy that through this MoU academia and business have come together for joint research collaboration".

Biotechnology for the Oil Production – Aims of the Research Cooperation

Oil India has already collaborated with the Institute on several occasions and hopes to combine its expertise and infrastructure in the petroleum business with the Institute's biotechnical and environmetal researches.

Dr. Banwari Lal, The Energy and Ressources Instute's Director for Environmental & Industrial Biotechnology said in his speech at the signing ceremony: "Biotechnology has emerged as a major field of study globally and has direct impacts on all aspects of life including the petroleum industry. Specific to this collaboration our research areas will aim to increase oil production, life of the oil wells, address the issue of renewable energy and biofuels which presently demands attention. This collaboration with Oil India Limited will bring in new methods to help the present situation and after proper field testing both companies will file for a joint patent."

According to Oil India, the following areas are being considered for mutual collaboration at present. However, the scope will be expanded with mutual consent to include other challenges arising in future.

  • Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR)
  • Removal of paraffin from oil well tubings
  • Microbial bio-prospecting for oil reservoirs
  • Reduction of Viscocity in heavy crude oil
  • Mitigation of pollution problems arising due to petroleum hydrocarbon both in onshore and offshore installations though bioremediation
  • Increased efficiency of waste water and produced water treatment with integration to novel concepts
  • Establishing an state-of-the-art Petroleum Microbial Laboratory in OIL
  • Areas of research in new and renewable energy

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