Indian scientists look for oil in Himalayas

Jan 12, 2003 01:00 AM

Scientists said they were looking at the Himalayan mountain range as a vast and promising area to tap oil and gas reserves for India's bn-plus population.
"The sedimentary data of the Himalayan region is similar to that of the Andes range of mountains," said the Government's director general for hydrocarbons, Avinash Chandra, presenting a study at a top-level oil meeting.
"If these regions can have such rich oil and gas reserves, why cannot our mighty Himalayas have the same?"

He said the Assam-Arrakan basin of the Himalayan range in northeast India was particularly promising. "In fact, there is a lot of opportunity to explore hydrocarbons in this sector as the features indicate the possibility of huge reserves. There may emerge a find like the Margarita in the Andes range," Chandra said.
He said the geographical contours of other north-eastern Indian regions were similar to Iran and Saudi Arabia. Offshore regions in southern India aside from the Himalayas also have significant potential for oil and gas discoveries, Chandra added.

India imports more than 70 % of its oil from overseas, mainly the West Asia. Supplies from the main domestic source, Bombay High on the western coast, have been falling.

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