Methane found in Rajasthan, to power Jaipur, economy

19 August, 2013 Uncategorized0

Methane found in Rajasthan, to power Jaipur, economy

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013, 11:51 IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA

Deposits of Methane have been discovered in at least a dozen places in Bikaner, Barmer-Sanchore basin during the ongoing exploration work signaling abundance of this precious gas in the state.

The exploration work in Ranasar in Bikaner has revealed that Methane exists in the lignite coal belts in several blocks in Bikaner, Barmer and Sanchore.

Methane is usually used as an energy source. Methane is widely used in making fuel, steel production and as fuel in its natural gas form. It can also be used to create electricity. In industries it is also used as an ingredient for making ammonia, ethanol etc.

Currently the exploration work is going on in Ranasar and the agencies involved in exploration have identified at least 3 blocks in which there exists a massive potential of Methane extraction. The discovery is expected to lead to exploration activities soon.

The relative abundance of methane makes it an attractive fuel worldwide. Notably, the state government has also started getting financial aid from Oil Industry Development Board to help and expedite the exploration of this gas from the state. Officials in the department of petroleum informed dna that OIDB has given a grant of Rs3.72 crore for exploration of this gas.

“The project Coalbed Methane Research and Development  – Rajasthan is in progress,” an official of the petroleum department said.


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