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Government of India
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
18-November-2010 16:37 IST
Production of Methane Gas
Based on the available geological data, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, in consultation with Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDI), has estimated the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) resources of the country to be about 92 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF). This was stated by the Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Jitin Prasada in the Lok Sabha in a written reply today.

Shri Prasada further said that during the year 2009-10 the commercial CBM production from Raniganj (South) block in West Bengal operated by Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd. (GEECL), was 38.4 million Standard Cubic Meter (MMSCM) and the target for commercial production of CBM during 2010-11 from this block is about 33.3 MMSCM.

The Minister informed the house that at present, following foreign companies are involved in CBM exploration in India:

• British Petroleum Exploration Alpha Ltd.

• Arrow Energy India Pvt. Ltd.

• Geopetrol Internationals Inc.

• Coalgas Mart LLC.


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