Arunachal Pradesh grants PEL licenses to OIL

13 January 2020

The Arunachal Pradesh Government has granted Petroleum Exploration Licenses (PEL) to Oil India Limited (OIL) for the exploration of petroleum products in seven new blocks and the existing Jairampur block in Changlang district.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu handed over the licenses to OIL Chief General Manager Inderjit Baruah and his team.

Mr. Baruah thanked Mr. Khandu for fast-tracking and completing the process within a short span of time enabling OIL to start its explorations from this month. The exploration blocks awarded to OIL spreads across Changlang, Tirap, Lohit, East Siang, West Siang, and Lower Dibang Valley districts.

Mr. Khandu requested the PSU to keep in the loop with the local administration during exploration, which includes explosions so that people in the vicinity can be intimated in advance besides putting in place precautionary measures, a CMO release informed.

He also suggested that the PSU may adopt public utility facilities like roads, which are exclusively used by the company. This he said would facilitate better cooperation and support from the local populace.

He urged for providing services to the locals through the PSU’s CSR activities.

Mr. Khandu emphasized that a part of the royalties received through such projects should be utilized on the development and welfare of the local people in the vicinity.

The Chief Minister was informed that the exploration of each block consists of two phases – initial exploration and subsequent exploration. The exploration period of each phase is about 3 years with a provision for an additional one-year extension. The total exploration period is for 8 years.