Russian scientists arrive to explore gas, oil

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Aizawl, May 5 (UNI) A five-member team of Russian scientists and two officials from Reliance, led by Chief of Oil and Gas Exploration Geochemist Prof Grigory L Koryukin arrived here for geochemical investigation on gas and oil reserves in the southern part of the state.

The team will carry out an exploration operation in the area code-named Block MZ-ONN 2004/2 of 3619 sq kms in southern Mizoram where a certain quantity of natural gas has been detected.

The team members today met Chief Minister Zoramthanga at his official residence here besides industries department director and secretary and home commissioner discussing matters pertaining to geochemical investigation on oil and natural gas.

Under the assistance of Geology and Mining Department Director Dr H Lallenmawia, the team members will proceed to the area to carry out their mission on Tuesday.

The visiting scientists include senior geochemist Tokavisheu Igor Alexandrovich, geochemical engineer Igavatov Analoly, chemical engineers Ms Kustikova Elena Rafailovna and Ms Kharitonova Olga Konstantinovna besides two Indians from Reliance company like additional manager (E&P/gas business) and Geologist S.Karunakaram.

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