ISM, DGH signs MoU on CBM research, evaluation & exploration

JNS I Dhanbad: IIT(ISM) Dhanbad and the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) have joined hands on Coal Bead Methane (CBM) research, resource evaluation of Indian CBM blocks, and studies to improve CBM recovery.

An MoU was signed between IIT(ISM), Dhanbad and DGH, under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MOPNG) at the office of the DGH, Noida to work jointly on the CBM related Research and Development (R&D) activities, CBM resource assessment of Indian CBM blocks, and carry out studies for enhancement of recovery of CBM resources, informed Rajni Singh, Dean Media & Branding of IIT, ISM.

“The MoU encompasses the scope of studies in unconventional hydrocarbon resources including Shale reservoirs,” she added.

Professor Rajiv Shekhar, Director IIT (ISM) Dhanbad and Dr. Anand Gupta ADG (Development) DGH shared the signed copy of MoU virtually, whereas Professor Rajeev Upadhyay, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Professor Saurabh Dattagupta, Department of Applied Geophysics represented IIT(ISM) at DGH office, Noida.

Professor Rajiv emphasised the importance of collaboration between IIT(ISM) Dhanbad and DGH in the development of India’s CBM and other unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

He also emphasised the significance of coal reservoir characterization in CBM development, as well as the newly formed Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at IIT(ISM) Dhanbad.

This MoU would bring fruitful results in meeting the energy demands in the country. Dr. Anand Gupta ADG (Development) has highlighted CBM bid rounds, the blocks offered in CBM bid round 2021 and CBM potential and activity expected in Jharkhand state at Investor’s Meet, Special CBM Bid Round- 2021 held at Ranchi on Wednesday.

In this special meet, Professor Rajeev Upadhyay, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad presented modelling capabilities of IIT and CBM prospect evaluation methodologies in line with the MoU signed.

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