Gujarat's very own E&P data repository

Vol 16, PW 9 (15 Nov 12) People & Policy

Sceptics might see it as a pre-election gimmick but others applaud Gujarat’s plans to set up its own electronic library of seismic and other E&P data to rival the National Data Repository (NDR) proposed by the DGH.

Gujarat energy secretary DJ Pandian announced a proposed Gujarat Data Repository (GDR) at the 49th Indian Geophysical Union conference in Gandhinagar on October 29. Over 100 scientists and geophysicists attended the event at the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University where Pandian stressed the need for a single institution in Gujarat holding all data for natural resources, including oil and gas.

“Today data is divided over many ministries and institutions which don’t share it for the national good,” he said. “Setting up the GDR will enable us to go further to research and unlock the secrets of the country’s energy reservoirs.

” Noted scientist T. Harinarayana, director of the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), has begun working on a draft GDR proposal.

Harinarayana, a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS), is working out the proposed data repository’s objectives and role in addition to deciding how to collect and present geological, petrophysical, seismic, well, production and reservoir data. Harinarayana is expected to complete the proposal by end-2013 after which he will send it to the Gujarat state legislature for approval.

If the proposal is implemented, all E&P companies will be legally bound to share seismic acquired in Gujarat. “Many organisations in India hold data,” Harinarayana tells PETROWATCH.

“But it’s hard to know which body has what information; it is a Herculean task to gather data from different institutions.”