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ONGC’s premier upstream R&D Institute KDMIPE Dehradun and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa entered into a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 5 January 2022. This MoU will establish a formal affiliation for the purpose of enhancing the relationship between both institutions, in synergizing their respective strengths and to work together to promote sharing of industrial knowledge, expert lectures and to explore field of common areas for developing cutting-edge research.

The MoU describes the arena for future projects and relationships between KDMIPE-ONGC and CSIR-NIO. The projects under the MoU will focus on specific problem faced by the hydrocarbon industry. The special focus will be on the structure and evolution of the continental margins of India and the adjacent deep ocean basins. The studies under the MoU will provide the basic framework of hydrocarbon exploration in Indian continental margin basins.

The signing of this MoU marks the culmination of co-ordinated efforts of executives of KDMIPE and NIO in which both organizations will formulate and execute projects utilizing their respective strengths and experiences in plate tectonic reconstructions focussing on continental margin basins of India.

The MoU has received keen attention and guidance of Director (Exploration) of ONGC, underlining his vision of collaborative R&D as a means of skill development and capacity building. The event was held over a video conference session in presence of senior executives from both sides. Director NIO, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh signed the MoU on behalf of NIO and ED-Head KDMIPE S N Chitnis signed on behalf of Director (Exploration) ONGC.

Glimpses of the event
Glimpses of the event

On the occasion, ED-Head KDMIPE expressed that KDMIPE and CSIR-NIO are coming together for the purpose of enhancing the relationship between both institutions through signing of this Memorandum of Understanding. He further stressed that both institutes are going to synergize their respective strengths and work together to promote sharing of knowledge and research expertise. In view of growing energy demand and challenges faced by the hydrocarbon industry, Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh expressed that MoU will certainly address the problems of industry through the specialized efforts from NIO in the form of Collaborative research.

Both the institutes expressed that Mesozoic hydrocarbon exploration would get a new thrust as deciphering the Mesozoic is possible through the improved plate tectonic models. Both the institutes involved will frame projects for relevant work association. This will help in bringing out new areas for hydrocarbon exploration. Furthermore, this collaboration will also support skill enhancement of associated ONGC geoscientists in the domain.

ED-Head KDMIPE S N Chitnis congratulated both sides for their endeavors that led to the signing of the MoU and also put forward his expectations that this collaboration may pave the way for similar such collaborations in future with greater objectives in exploration.

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