Essar Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Ltd. and Great Eastern Energy Corp. Ltd. (GEECL) are chasing shale gas leads they discovered while developing coalbed methane (CBM) fields in the Raniganj East and Raniganj South blocks, respectively, in eastern India.

The companies have lined up plans to drill 20 exploration wells in each of the concessions to assess the quantity of shale gas reserves.

Both have approached the federal environment ministry for approval to drill exploration wells in their respective concessions up to 3,000 m  (9,842 ft) in depth along with development wells for CBM, starting in second-half 2019.

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