The corporate communication (CC) segment of Oil and Natural Oil Corporation (ONGC) has made clear on Tuesday that the company has all valid and requisite consent to operate (CTO) for the exploration work on all oil wells in Tamil Nadu.
The Deputy General Manager of CC said, “ONGC has drilled a total of 712 wells in Tamil Nadu, of which 380 have run dry and were abandoned. A total of 304 wells are oil and gas wells which are connected to various production installations. As many as 181 wells are presently operational. Twenty-eight wells are utility wells which are connected to the installations.”
According to the resolution number 111-6 of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board; there is no such environmental pollution of permanent nature from ONGC’s oil wells, which are connected to its production installations and was decided that these wells could be exempted from the further renewal of CTO.
It can be noted that ONGC has to apply for the CTO, along with the consent fees, for all its wells at the time of exploration but once these well are connected with production installations,; individual well doesn’t require to pay renewal fees, while the entire fees are being collected from the specific production installation.