Scientists from National Institute of Oceanography who are researching on Indian continental shelf said that there is a huge quantity of natural gas trapped in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around India estimated at 1894 cubic metres which could not be tapped due to lack of technology with the country.
Head of NIO’s Gas Hydrate Group Dr T Ramprasad said that the gas was found while drilling in Krishna Godavari basin, Mahanadi and Andaman Sea in August 2006 and further informed that the recent drilling off-Kochi have also found that there is a possibility of gas hydrates being present there. The researchers who dug the sea bed for gas off-Goa coast, had to return empty handed.
Ramprasad said that so far there is no technology available with India to extract them as they are in the clay formation and also in the fractured way. “If they were in the sand formation, it would be easy to extract,” he said. The gas trapped in them is double of that in the fossils.
The scientists have found that the gas is scarred in uneven way, which makes the exploration difficult.
“They were found 40 metres below the sea bed. We found a thick layer of 128 metres at one point while 300 metres away from there, the thickness of layer was only 30 metres,” he said.
Union Minister Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, Ashwani Kumar said that the government is trying to understand what the potential of the gas trapped inside is.
He said that after understanding the potential, the consultation with the public and private sector would be done to explore it. “We expect the private sector to show interest considering the huge dividends that they would enjoy after successful exploration,” Kumar said.