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Distribution of Petroleum and Mineral Oil in India

Formation of Petroleum and Mineral Oil, Distribution of Petroleum and Mineral Oil in India, On-shore and Off-Shore Oil Production in India.

Petroleum and Mineral Oil

  • Petra == rock; Oleum == oil.
  • Petroleum or Mineral oil is obtained from sedimentary rocks of the earth.
  • Petroleum fuels on burning gives little smoke and leaves no ash. So they are better than coal.

Constituents of Petroleum and Mineral Oil

  • 90 to 95 per cent Hydrocarbons.
  • 5 – 10% organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur and traces of organometallic compounds.

Formation of Petroleum and Mineral Oil

Formation of Petroleum and Mineral Oil

  • All sedimentary rocks do not contain oil.
  • An oil reservoir must have three prerequisite conditions.
  1. Porosity [tiny gaps in soil] so as to accommodate sufficiently large amounts of oil;
  2. permeability [allowing liquids or gases to pass through it.] to discharge oil and/or gas when well has been drilled;
  3. the porous sandstone beds or fissured limestone containing oil should be capped below by impervious beds [not allowing fluid to pass through].

Petroleum and Mineral Oil location in earth

  • Most of the oil gets collected in the anticlines or fault traps.
  • Oil on a commercial scale is usually found in crests of anticlines [where the sedimentary rock strata are inclined and folded].

Distribution of Petroleum and Mineral Oil in India

  • Process began in tertiary period [3 million years ago].
  • Most of the oil reserves in India are associated with anticlines and fault traps in the sedimentary rock formations of tertiary times.
  • In tertiary period, aquatic life was abundant in various forms, especially the minor microscopic forms of flora and fauna.
  • Conditions for oil formation were favourable especially in the lower and middle Tertiary period.
  • Dense forests and sea organisms flourished in the gulfs, estuaries, deltas and the land surrounding them during this period.

Rock System India

Extent of Oil Bearing Strata in India

  • 1 lakh sq km or 42 per cent of India covered with sedimentary rocks.
  • 10 lakh sq km form marine basins of Mesozoic and Tertiary times.
  • Total continental shelf of probable oil bearing rocks amounts to 2 lakh sq km.
  • The total sedimentary area including both on shore and offshore comprises 27 basins.
  • Mumbai High, the Khambhat Gulf and the Assam are the most productive areas.

Occurance of mineral oil India

On-shore Oil Production In India

  • Brahmaputra valley of north-east India.
  • Barmer area of Rajasthan.
  • Gujarat coast in western India.
  • Cauvery on-shore basin in Tamil Nadu.
  • Andhra Pradesh has both on-shore and offshore oil reserves.

Assam Oilfields

  • Oldest oil producing state in India
  • The main oil bearing strata extend for a distance of 320 km in upper Assam along the Brahmaputra valley.
  • Oilfields of Assam are relatively inaccessible and are distantly located from the main consuming areas.
  • Oil from Assam is therefore, refined mostly in the refineries located at Digboi, Guwahati, Bongaigaon, Barauni and

The Digboi field

Tipam hills, Dibrugarh district Oldest oil field of India

The Naharkatiya field

Left bank of Burhi Dihing river 32 km southwest of Digboi

Oil from this area is sent to oil refineries at Noonamati in Assam (443 km) and Barauni in Bihar (724 km) through pipeline.

The Moran-Hugrijan field

40 km south-west of Naharkatiya

Gujarat Oilfields

  • Ankleshwar, Khambhat or Lunej, Ahmedabad and Kalol, Nawgam, Kosamba, Kathana, Barkol, Mahesana and Sanand are important oilfields of this region.
  • Ankleshwar: Oil from this field is sent to refineries at Trombay and Koyali.

Rajasthan Oilfields

  • One of the largest inland oil discoveries was made in Banner district of Rajasthan.
  • Other important discoveries == Mangala oil field, Sarswati and Rajeshwari.
  • Rajasthan is the largest on shore oil producing state of India.

Off-Shore Production in India

Western Coast

  • Mumbai High, Bassein and Aliabet.
  • Mumbai High: 1974; rock strata of Miocene age.
  • Sagar Samrat, Bassein: south of Mumbai High.
  • Aliabet: Aliabet island in the Gulf of Khambhat.

Eastern Coast

  • The basin and delta regions of the Godawari, the Krishna and the Cauvery rivers hold great potential for oil and gas production.
  • The Rawa field in Krishna-Godawari off-shore basin is an important one.
  • The Narimanam and Kovilappal oilfields in the Cauvery on-shore basin are also important.

Petroleum Refining

  • India’s first oil refinery started working way back in 1901 at Digboi in Assam.
  • 1954: another refinery at Tarapur (Mumbai).
  • Refinery hub and refining capacity exceeds the demand. Excess refined oil and other petroleum products are exported.
  • Oil from wells is transported to nearest refineries through pipelines.

Advantages of Pipeline

  • Ideal to transport liquids and gases.
  • Pipelines can be laid through difficult terrains as well as under water.
  • It needs very little maintenance.
  • Pipelines are safe, accident-free and environmental friendly.

Disadvantages of Pipelines

  • It is not flexible, i.e., it can be used only for a few fixed points.
  • Its capacity cannot be increased once it is laid.
  • It is difficult to make security arrangements for pipelines.
  • Detection of leakage and repair is also difficult.

Crude Oil Pipelines

  • Salaya-Mathura Pipeline (SMPL)
  • Paradip-Haldia-Barauni Pipeline (PHBPL)
  • Mundra-Panipat Pipeline (MPPL)

Petroleum Product Pipelines

Remember locations of Oil Refineries and Major Oil producing centers. Pipeline are the ones that connect these centers.

  • Guwahati-Siliguri Pipeline (GSPL)
  • Koyali-Ahmedabad Pipeline (KAPL)
  • Barauni-Kanpur Pipeline (BKPL)
  • Panipat-Delhi Pipeline (PDPL)
  • Panipat-Rewari Pipeline (PRPL)
  • Chennai – Trichy – Madurai Product Pipeline (CTMPL)
  • Chennai-Bangalore Pipeline
  • Naharkatia-Nunmati-Barauni Pipeline == first pipeline constructed in India
  • Mumbai High-Mumbai-Ankleshwar-Koyali Pipeline.
  • Hajira-Bijapur-Jagdishpur (HBJ) Gas Pipeline == world’s largest underground pipeline
  • Jamnagar-Loni LPG Pipeline == longest LPG pipeline in the world
  • Kochi-Mangalore-Bangalore pipeline
  • Vishakhapatnam Secunderabad pipeline
  • Mangalore-Chennai pipeline
  • Vijayawada-Vishakhapatnam pipeline

Oil Refineries in India Map crude-oil-lpg-pipelines-india oil refineries in india

Share of Oil in India’s Power Generation

Share of Oil in Power Generation India

India’s Oil Imports

India’s Oil Imports India’s top Imports

Primary References: NCERT Geography, Encyclopedia Britannica,  Indian Geography by Kullar [Amazon and Flipkart]

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  1. Barmer district wrongly typed as Banner. Kindly fix that.

    Also add a small note on what on-shore and off-shore means.

  2. Thanku pmfias you are making a great contribution. Your content is well researched and of good quality very helpful for many of us UPSC aspirant.:)

    • The places have been mentioned and not the name of the refinery, there’s a refinery in Manali and yes Northern chennai the name of the refinery is Manali refinery! 🙂

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