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OIL's R&D Mission is to provide knowledge-based, competent and techno-economically feasible solution in the areas of Exploration, Drilling, Production, Transportation of crude oil and natural gas, Pollution Monitoring & Control and Alternate source of Energy, through laboratory services of highest quality and by adopting state-of-the-art technology and caring for the environment.


OIL accords utmost importance to up-gradation of technologies and expertise in various areas of its activities through its own Research & Development Centre at Duliajan, Assam.


The R&D Centre is recognized by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. The R&D Department is carrying out studies in the highly specialized areas of petroleum geochemistry, oilfield chemicals, drilling and workover fluids, enhanced oil recovery, well stimulation, pollution control, petroleum biotechnology, etc.


The Company has entered into collaborative projects with reputed academic institutions of higher learning – IIT (Bombay), IIT (Madras), IIT (Guwahati), IIT (Roorkee), Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, Gauhati University and the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. In addition, it has research tie-ups with reputed agencies such as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Institute of Reservoir Studies (IRS, ONGC), National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) and CSIR - Central Electrochemical Research Institute.


The Company is determined to further strengthen its R & D efforts towards providing appropriate techno-economical solution of the problems faced in the areas of exploration, drilling, production and transportation of crude oil and natural gas.


The Company has also Established Centre of Excellence for Energy Studies (CoEES), a centre for integrated study of various domains in the upstream petroleum sector specially covering both Exploration and Reservoir activities.


The vision of CoEES is to be a centre of innovation and development for enabling OIL to match with the global oil majors in terms of technical capability and business performance. To meet the above vision, the Company has procured top notch facilities in terms of software, hardwares, laboratory facilities and expertise for building an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. It is equipped with world class technologies encompassing the conventional oil and gas sector, unconventional hydrocarbon and other energy spectrum.


CoEES activities are aligned to match OIL's vision and strategy. Broadly the areas taken up by the centre are Basin Modelling, EOR / IOR, Unconventional Hydrocarbon / Alternate Energy Resources, Environmental Studies, and industry academia collaboration. A few projects are being taken up on the above areas in the initial phase and some of which are in collaboration with the premier institutions in India and abroad. The analytical laboratory has already started functioning after setting up of a few state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.