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Research and Development

Oil India Limited’s world class R&D Centre, established in 1985, has state-of-the-art facilities and has delivered pioneering results in source rock evaluation, formation water clarification & re-injection, water-oil ratio control, rheological studies of waxy crude, and coal oil co-processing’s.

With a view to provide techno-economically feasible solution of the problems encountered by OIL in its daily operations in the field of exploration, drilling, production, transportation and pollution control, the R&D Centre has been recognised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India recently.

Over the past two decades, OIL R&D Centre has developed application of latest techniques of Geochemistry for exploration and reservoir studies, process for produced formation water clarification to 10 ppm level, gelled fluid formulations to reduce wax deposition problems, and the well performance optimization measures have led to improved production from many wells.

OIL has also bagged the distinction of having the First Pilot plant in India for conversion of coal to oil.

R&D Centre at a glance
•   R&D Center is housed in a most modern multistoried building of 4500 m2 floor space.
•   Manned by highly qualified and experienced scientist headed by General Manager (R&D)
•   Seventeen numbers state-of-the-art laboratories
•   Pilot plant for coal liquefaction

Major Areas of Research
•   Geochemical Exploration
Source Rock Evaluation
Surface Geochemical and Microbiological Prospecting for Hydrocarbons Basin Modeling
Crude Oil Characterization and Geochemical Correlation Studies
Clay Mineralogical Studies
Hydrocarbon Fluid Type Characterization for Reservoir/Formation evaluation
Isotopic ratio/ Biomarker studies
•   Oil & Gas Production
Formation Water Clarification & Re-injection
Water Quality Measurements & Improvements
Paraffin Deposition Control
Sand Control
Condensate removal from Lift Gas Lines
Water-Oil Ratio Control
Foam Unloading
Well Stimulation
•   Oil Field Chemicals
Drilling & Work-over Fluid Chemicals
Cementing Formulation Chemicals
Oil Production Operations Chemicals
•   Pipeline Transportation
Rheological studies of waxy crude
Treatment Optimization
Paraffin Deposition Studies
•   Enhanced Oil Recovery
Miscible Gas Flooding
Thermal Flooding
Chemical Flooding
Microbial Flooding
•   Pollution Control
Water Pollution - Produced Formation Water
Drilling Site Effluents
Air Pollution
Environmental Impact Studies on Growth of Rice Crop
Bioremediation of oil contaminated soil/water
•   Alternate Sources of Energy
Coal Oil Co-processing


•   High Performance Liquid Chromatograph
•   Gas Chromatograph
•   Infrared Mass Spectrometer (IRMS)
•   Triple Stage Quadruple GC-MS (TSQ-GCMS)
•   Pyrolysis Capillary Gas Chromatograph
•   Thin Layer Chromatograph with FID
•   Elemental Analyzer for Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulphur
•   Oil Show Analyzer
•   Automatic Thin Rock Section Preparation
•   Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX Analyser
•   X-ray Diffractometer
•   Vitrinite Reflectance Microscope
•   Haake Rotational Micro Viscometer
•   HP-HT Rheometer
•   Brookefield Rheometer
•   Controlled Stress Rheometer
•   UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
•   Co-axial Shearing Wax Deposition Apparatus
•   Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
•   Mobile Air Pollution Monitoring Laboratory
•   Spinning Drop Tensiometer
•   Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
•   Image Analyser with cooling/heating stage
•   Thermal Desorption System with Gas Chromatograph
•   Anaerobic Bioreactor
•   Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimeter
•   Purge & Trap Concentration System
•   Head Space Sample Preparation Devices
•   Coal -Oil Co-processing Pilot Plant

Oil India establishes state-of-the-art “JAIVALAYA” – Petroleum Biotechnology Centre at its Field Head Quarters in Duliajan, ASSAM

Oil India establishes a state-of-the-art research facility for application of Biotechnology in the E&P thrust areas christened as “Jaivalaya”. The facility was formally inaugurated and inducted into the service of the Company on 26th September, 2014 by Chairman and Managing Director Shri.S.K. Srivastava in the R&D Department at its Field Head Quarters in Duliajan. The inaugural function was attended by Shri S. C. Gupta Independent Director, Shri S. Rath D (O), Shri N. K. Bharali D (HR&BD), Mrs. R. S. Borah D (F), Shri S. Mahapatra D (E&D) in presence of Shri V. Sharma, RCE and All GGMs and GMs.
Congratulating, the R&D Department and the relentless efforts of project team that was instrumental in setting up of the research facility, Chairman and Managing Director Shri.S.K. Srivastava referred to the state-of-the-art Petroleum Biotechnology Centre as the “Temple of modern Oil India Limited” which will prove to be an important building block for ensuring India’s future energy security. He also noted that with the establishment of the research facility, Oil India Limited has taken a significant stride ahead in the E&P business.