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‘Heavy water likely to be used in oil exploration studies in India shortly’

                                                                                                                                       The Hindu, New Delhi, 10th February, 2015


Raviprasad Kamila

BARC Heavy Water Chairman Rajanish Prakash, speaking at a seminar at NIT-K Surathkal, near Mangaluru. Photo: H.S.Manjunath.


Rajnish Prakash, Chairman and Chief Executive of Heavy Water Board, a unit of Department of Atomic Energy said on Tuesday that heavy water is likely to be used in oil exploration studies in India shortly. Heavy water is a form of water with a unique atomic structure and properties coveted for the production of nuclear power.


Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a programme at the National Institute of Technology – Karnataka (NIT-K) at Surathkal he said that some oil exploring companies, especially having contract with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), have approached the Board in this connection.


He said that heavy water is used in West Asian (Gulf) countries in oil exploration studies as it helped in making accurate analysis. In India, it is likely to be used for the same (technically called core-invasion study) shortly. “They (oil exploring companies) are approaching us. Only we have to provide it. Use of heavy water helped in profiling oil field,” he said.


Heavy water could be used in non-nuclear programmes also, he said. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai had organised the ‘outreach programme’ at the NIT-K to create an awareness on the milestones achieved by Indian atomic energy programme.


Earlier, addressing a gathering at the inaugural session of the programme he said that there were deliberate attempts in the country to stop some nuclear programmes due to lack of knowledge. The negative perception about the nuclear programmes would have to be changed for positive.