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Government sets up National Data Repository

The Union Government has set up a state of -the- art National Data Repository. With the introduction of the National Data Repository, India has joined the league of countries like UK and Norway which have a National Data Repository for the upstream sector.

Nov 13, 2018 15:25 IST
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The Union Government has set up a state of -the- art National Data Repository. The information was shared by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while speaking at the DG Carbons Roadshow programme in Abu Dhabi.

The Minister said that the repository is a database of all the geo-scientific data of hydrocarbon resources in the country. He added that it is equipped with cutting-edge technology and will provide ready access to interested companies.

Significance

With the introduction of the National Data Repository, India has joined the league of countries like UK and Norway which have a National Data Repository for the upstream sector.

National Data Repository

What is National Data Repository?

The National Data Repository (NDR) is an integrated data repository of Exploration and Production (E&P) data of Indian sedimentary basins.

It is hosted at Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) in Noida. The DGH is a technical arm of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG).

The repository offers a unique platform to all E&P Operators, E&P Service Companies, E&P Investors and Academia to delve inside diverse E&P datasets of Indian sedimentary basins.

It is a step towards fulfilment of the Union Government’s ambitious project, which includes setting up of a National Knowledge Hub (NKH) alternatively called as National Knowledge Centre (NKC) in E&P area in coming few years.

Objective

The main objective is to set up National Data Repository of reliable exploration and production data for India with provisions for seamless access and online data management.

The specific goals of the repository include:

To validate, store, maintain and reproduce high quality and reliable geoscientific data.

  To facilitate efficient data reporting, data exchange and data trading among existing players including all geoscientific agencies.

  To improve DGH’s ability to monitor and control the exploration and production activities and reporting.

  To encourage new exploration and production activities by providing high quality and reliable data.

  To strengthen overall geoscientific activities in India.

  To support an open acreage system for an improved global exploration and production business environment in India.

•  To provide quality E & P data for processing, interpretation and visualization centres at DGH.

Other Details

The repository will primarily safeguard national exploration and production data asset and shall help and promote exploration and production activities in India.

It will store and maintain hydrocarbon exploration and production data in a safe and reusable manner, in perpetuity.

The data shall be preserved in accordance with generally accepted NDR standards and made available to entitled users.

Having an NDR for India will enhance prospects of petroleum exploration and facilitate the bidding rounds by improving the availability of quality data.

With this, India will be joining the league of countries that have an NDR and can compete effectively in the hydrocarbon exploration and production sector.

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