Great Eastern Energy Corporation to invest Rs 15,000 crore for shale gas core well exploration in Bengal
Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited (GEECL) plans to invest about Rs 15,000 crore for shale gas core well exploration after the Bengal government clears an amendment to the mineral lease agreement.
“We hope to get clearance from the state government before the end of this calendar year and will start the process of core well exploration early next year. The initial investment would be about Rs 15,000 crore,” Prashant Modi, managing director and CEO of Great Eastern, told The Telegraph.
He said “based on the results of the core wells, we intend to drill an optimum number of pilot production wells”. The firm plans to start shale gas exploration along with coal bed methane in Raniganj south block.
The OGIP (original gas-in-place) has been estimated at about 9.25tcf (trillion cubic feet). The company is banking on the GAIL Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline to sell to customers in Calcutta.
GAIL (India) Limited partially commissioned the pipeline on February 6, 2021. Further work on laying the pipeline section in Calcutta is underway and is expected to be completed by August 2022.
“This will provide the company with the opportunity to expand its customer base,” Modi said.