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Keshava Deva Malaviya Institute of Petroleum Exploration (KDMIPE) was setup as a UNDP aided institute in 1962 as Regional Training Institute (RTI). In 1970, it was renamed as Institute of Petroleum Exploration (IPE) and on 19th December, 1981, it was rechristened as Keshava Deva Malaviya Institute of Petroleum Exploration (KDMIPE), in the fond memory of the Father of Indian Petroleum Industry and the first Petroleum Minister of Independent India - Shri Keshava Deva Malaviya. It was the first institute of ONGC which used to process the sample, received from various exploration and production fields and send detailed and analytical reports, when ONGC took up exploration of oil and gas to build up its reserves and meet the energy requirement of the country. As the organization progressed, nine more R&D institutes were constituted to cater various needs of the organization.

KDMIPE is one of the 10 DSIR recognized R&D institutes of ONGC. The main objective for KDMIPE include unravelling the complexities of habitat of petroleum through synergistic geo-scientific research, evaluation of hydrocarbon potential of sedimentary basins, development of exploration models and to firm up & prioritize prospects in various plays, prioritize operation activities through long term perspective & strategic planning and techno economics. Expanding exploration horizon in underexplored / unexplored basins and carving out blocks for OALP bidding have been taken up in mission mode.

KDMIPE is the only institute of ONGC which undertakes almost all the aspects of exploration and related activities. In a single phrase it can be summarized that

“From outcrops to exploratory tests, KDMIPE covers all aspects of Geoscientific and Basin Research”.

Highlights (2020-21):

1. Significant Projects:

Few of the significant projects undertaken by KDMIPE during 2020-21 classified under following heads is given below:

A. New emerging plays and Prospectivity

  • Play fairway analysis of Ganga Basin and Punjab Plains
  • Regional prospectivity analysis of Mesozoic Plays in Kutch Shallow water up to Saurashtra offshore
  • High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy and Play Fairway Analysis of Middle to Late Eocene Sequence in Mumbai Offshore Basin
  • Hydrocarbon prospectivity analysis of Middle/Late Eocene Plays in offshore areas through Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Play fairway Analysis of Assam North Bank (NSP) data
  • Evolution and Prospectivity Evaluation of Eocene Sequence in KG Basin within a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework

B. Geologically complex & Inaccessible terrain exploration

  • Delineation of HP-HT Play - Integrated G & G analysis of Yanam area with special emphasis on clay mineralogy and diagenetic evolution

C. New Technology and Concept development

  • Optimization of geochemical extraction method of Uranium and estimation of REEs from subsurface deposits in Padra and Son valley areas
  • Atlas on Hydro geochemical parameters of formation water of mature basins. (Part of SRDs)
  • Basin templates for major basins - Comprehensive G&G Model of KG-PG Basin

D. Improved understanding & Risk Reduction

  • API of Microgravity survey in between Rokhia anticline and  Agartala dome of Tripura fold belt, A&AA Basin
  • Geochemical Prospecting for Hydrocarbons - A Pilot study through estimation of Free Gas
  • Petroleum Geochemistry of Assam Shelf (in Collaboration with Oil India Ltd)
  • Tectono-Stratigraphic evolution of WCMI & Integrated evaluation of Shelf Margin area and beyond

E. Laboratory Support

  • Study of variations in oil PVT properties of  KG and Cauvery Basins
  • Radiometric dating and characterization of rock samples from Indian sedimentary basins

F. Unconventional hydrocarbon Research

  • Formation evaluation of tight shaly reservoirs in Mandhali formation of recently drilled wells of Nandasan and Sobhasan fields of North Cambay Basin

2. Technologies upgraded/ inducted:

  • Bioreactor/fermenter
  • 2D Gas chromatogram

3. Papers published for National-International Journal:

Year Papers Published
2020-21 National Journal International Journal
  2 15

4. IPRs

A. Patents Filed:

  1. A system and method for suppression of multi spectral vegetation response in multispectral images
  2. A process for organic preparation of saponin extract from soap nuts

B. Patents obtained:

A method for Biomarker compounds separation, identification and enrichment

C. Copyrights Filed:

Automated Morphostructural Analysis 1.0

D. Copyrights registered:

Automated Morphostructural Analysis 1.0

It is a Python 2.7 based code that uses drainage shape file and a Digital Elevation Model to derive different fault signatures.