Desk: The Bihar government has initiated the Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) process for exploration to assess the presence of oil reserves in Samastipur and Buxar districts on the banks of the Ganges in the state. Bihar Mining Commissioner Harjot Kaur Bamra along with Additional Chief Secretary informed that ONGC Limited has decided to provide PEL for GV-ONHP-2021/2 (Buxar) and GV-ONHP-2021/1 (Samastipur) for oil extraction and production. Has decided. ,
Under the Open Area Licensing Policy (OALP). He said that the exploration process would be started soon to assess the status of oil reserves in Samastipur (308.32 sq km area) and Buxar (52.13 sq km) Ganga basin. The Mines and Geology Department of the State Government has already informed the administrative heads of both the districts in this regard. He further said, “Let the investigation process begin. If it is fruitful now, it will be a dice for the state as well.
ONGC has also paid the application fee along with the field map and list copies for the PEL award for both the categories. The PEL for the field may be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Rule 5(1) of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Rules, 1959. Elaborating on the various stages of exploration, senior officials of the Department of Mines and Geology further said, “Oil extraction includes the process and methods of drilling and finding all possible sites for drilling.
The first phase will begin with a 2D seismic survey using the latest seismic data recording system and then a geochemical survey using advanced technology. The official said the survey data would be studied on hi-tech workstations with state-of-the-art software or potential areas would be explored. He said oil reserves have already been discovered in some parts of the state, but no commercial exploration has been done. However, it also helped to collect valuable geological information for further exploration.