Silchar, June 9: Oil major ONGC has struck gas in its Kolosib sector in northwest Mizoram for the first time.
Mizoramís geology and mineral resources H. Rohluna, said N.K. Verma, director of exploration of the corporation, revealed the findings on Saturday.
According to official sources, Verma did not choose to divulge the fact earlier because the total quantity of gas reserve at the site in Meidum had not been estimated. Meidum is located about 109km from here and 474km from Guwahati.
Verma told Rohluna that a technical process called hydro-fracturing was yet to be completed and this led to the delay in the formal announcement about the finding.
The director was in Mizoram on a two-day trip leading a six-member high-level ONGC team which included C. Mahapatra, basin manager, Assam and Assam-Arakan Basin and K.C. Das, head of Cachar-Mizoram forward block.
ONGC authorities in Cachar today said the corporation had begun initial drilling (spudding) at the Meidum site on February 1, 2011, and traces of natural gas was discovered on January 12, 2012.
Sources said Rohluna had expressed his governmentís worry on the delay in further exploration at three other drill sites identified by the ONGC between Meidum and Hortoki in Kolosib district.
Verma assured Rohluna that they would see that the locals get preference for jobs in the corporation after initiating a skill development programme. In the initial stage, some 20 local youths will be trained for a week to a month in jobs like welding, electrical and mechanical semi-skilled work.