The Krishna-Godavari basin could soon become the new source of shale gas, which promises to provide energy for the next 200 years. The KG basin is one of the few places identified in India for exploitation of shale gas. The potential deposits of shale gas in the country has been estimated at between 600 and 2,000 trillion cubic meters.
Shale gas is a natural gas trapped within shale or fine-grained sedimentary rocks. Apart from the KG basin, shale gas is present in the Cuddapah Super Basin, in Andhra Pradesh, and other places across the country.
The Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute and the Geological Survey of India have been carrying out studies to identify new sources of shale gas to boost the natural gas production in the country.
Shale gas deposits are several times more than natural gas resources.