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Rajasthan has significant resource potential of hydrocarbons under four Petroliferous basin. These four basins fall in the 15 districts of the State, namely Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jalore, Jodhpur, Kota, Jhalawar, Baran, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Sawai-Madhopur spread over an area of 1,50,000 sq. km.

A total of 480 million tonnes of crude oil and 3-6 billion cubic metre of natural gas were proved in Barmer-Sanchore basin and 25-30 billion cubic metre natural gas was proved in Jaisalmer basin. Cairn India has discovered 25 oil fields in Barmer-Sanchore basin. Nearly 6.5 billion barrels of oil in place have been proved alone in Barmer-Sanchore basin.

The commercial production of crude oil from Rajasthan has commenced from 29 August 2009. The State is second highest producer of crude oil after Bombay High and is the first in on-shore. It has contributed about 25% of crude oil production. Present production is 9 million tonnes per annum.



In Rajasthan, large deposits of Lignite occur in tertiary formation of middle Eocene age spread over 70,000 area in the Barmer-Sachore, Jaisalmer and Nagaur basins which fall in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Nagaur and Jalore districts. A total of about 5,720 million tonnes reserves of Lignite have been estimated in 78 localities in Barmer, Bikaner, Nagaur, Jaisalmer and Jalore districts of western and north- western parts of the State. Lignite is being exploited at Giral (district Barmer), Kapurdi-Jalipa (district Barmer), PalanaBarsinghsar (district Bikaner) and Mata Sukh-Kasnau-Igiyar (district Nagaur) for Lignite based power plants and captive use. Lignite based power plants are operating at Kapurdi-Jalipa (district Barmer), Giral (district Barmer), PalanaBarsinghsar (district Bikaner) and Gurha (district Bikaner).


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