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NIO gets ONGC project in KG basin

In a significant development, National Institute of Oceanography, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre and its headquarters in Dona Paula, Goa, have bagged a project for undertaking a comprehensive geophysical study in Krishna-Godavari basin from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.

The project for carrying out surveys at a cost of nearly Rs.18 crore will facilitate laying of pipelines by ONGC for evacuation of oil and gas from G-4, D and E oil and gas fields. This is the most challenging contract for NIO, a constituent of Council for Science and Industrial Research. NIO had conducted the first-ever comprehensive study in Mumbai High in 1975.

“We, the scientific fraternity at NIO-CSIR are very much excited at award of the prestigious project to us. It is the largest-ever industry-sponsored project. It is the first survey by an Indian R&D institute involving several high-tech methods,” NIO-Goa Director S.W.A. Naqvi told The Hindu.

NIO Visakhapatnam Regional Centre, one of the premier labs under the CSIR, has already secured clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for developing its campus at Yendada in the city overlooking the sea for taking up various oceanographic and research trials at a cost of Rs.20 crore.

Latest techniques

Dr. Naqvi, a distinguished scientist, said they would make use of multi-beam bathymetry, magnetic, high-resolution sparker, deep-tow sub-bottom and side scan sonar imaging of the seafloor. It will also help map the water column temperatures and salinity up to a depth of 900 metres. “It is a great moment and we are proud of it while facing the challenge of executing the project involving a comprehensive geophysical survey as fast as possible,” he said.

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