Monetization of heavy oil discovered from the oldest sedimentary rock of Rajasthan now seems a reality with trials for producing heavy oil from 570 million year old rock beds being started by Oil India Limited (OIL). OIL has claimed a major breakthrough for extraction of heavy crude oil from Jaisalmer fields after almost 26 years of its discovery.
Highly viscous heavy oil was discovered by OIL in infra-Cambrian rock (570 million years old) in the Baghewala area of the district in 1991. Officials said, “In comparison to normal crude of some other area, heavy oil of Baghewala stands thousand times more viscous and is also different from normal crude oil in respect of source materials. Most of the crude oil originates from micro-organisms and advanced plants presently available in the earth.” Read More