National and International Cooperation
DGH firmly believes that Research & Development is an essential and integral component of E & P activities. In order to give a concrete shape to this belief, DGH initiated cooperation with international and national agencies for undertaking R&D projects in various disciplines related to Exploration and Petroleum.
Under the ambit of National and International Cooperation new areas of cooperation with National and International agencies are identified for mutual benefits in upstream E&P sector. This is materialized in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between two parties i.e. MOPNG/DGH & National and International Organisations.
OIDB, constituted a committee in April 2009 with the approval of Secretary MOPNG in order to utilize OIDB funds for strategic/energy security project and R&D activities for the benefit of oil industry. DG, DGH is the Chairman of this committee. Main function of this committee if to identify R&D /energy security projects received from various Indian organizations for providing funds from OIDB in the form of grant of funds. The committee meets once in a quarter every year and submits its recommendations and status of the projects to OIDB.
Status of active MOUs signed between MOPNG/DGH & National and International Organisations in the area of upstream E&P sector:
Currently there are total seven active MoUs
1. IFM- GEOMAR, Germany
MOU with Lebniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM- GEOMAR) of Germany & DGH was signed on 30th August 2010 and is valid up to 29th August 2015. The area of collaboration for this MoU is Marine Gas Hydrate Research and Technology development. Both the parties have agreed for the extension of MoU and the formalities for the same is under way.
2. GFZ Potsdam, Germany
MOU with GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences & DGH was signed on 17th April 2012 and is valid up to 16th April 2017. The objective of this MoU is Collaborative research in Gas Hydrate Laboratory Studies. Following are the broad areas of Joint research projects:
3. JOGMEC, Japan
MOU with GFZ Japan Oil, Gas Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) & DGH was signed on 16th February 2007 and is valid up to 15th February 2016. The objective of this MoU is exchanges of technical knowledge and information, workshops, meetings on Gas Hydrates Research and Development. Following are the broad areas of Joint research projects:
JOGMEC's Scientists have actively participated in NGHP Expedition-01 & 02
4. USGS, USA
MOU with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of the Department of Interior of the United States of America & DGH was signed on 16th December 2008. This is an open-ended MoU signed with an objective of handling exploration hazards and environmental issues associated with Gas Hydrates, Field studies & research for Gas hydrate.
Following are the broad areas of Joint research projects:
USGS has been associated with technical aspects of NGHP Expedition-1 and 02. USGS Scientists are actively collaborating with NGHP Scientists.
5. DOS, USA
MOU with Department of State (DOS), USA & MOPNG GOI, was signed on 6th November 2010. This is an open-ended MoU signed with an objective to exchange knowledge and expertise in the areas concerning Shale Gas resource characterization and assessment in India. Following are the broad areas of MOU:
USGS under this Memorandum of Understanding has estimated technical recoverable reserves of Shale Gas & Oil for three Indian sedimentary basins i.e. Cambay, Krishna-Godavri & Cauvery Basins.
6. NPD, Norway
MOU with Norwegian Petroleum Directorate & DGH was signed on 21st September 2012 and is valid up to 20th September 2017. The MoU has been signed with an objective of Petroleum Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Petroleum related R&D and technology sharing for upstream E&P sector. Following are the broad areas of MOU:
NPD's support is being sought in the area of Good International Petroleum Industry Practices (GIPIP), Site Restoration and IOR/EOR technologies.
IOCL has studied Oil Shale samples provided by DGH.