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NIO bags its largest ever industry sponsored project
The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been awarded a Rs. 10.37 crore project by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India’s largest public sector petroleum company, to collect environmental data from their oil field in the Krishna-Godavari basin off the east coast of India. In monetary terms this is the largest ever industry sponsored project taken up by NIO.
The project involves continuous recording of data on currents, winds, waves, and tides at specified locations in waters with depths ranging from 100-700 m. In addition, profiles of temperature and salinity in the water column will be collected together with turbidity near seabed. The data will help ONGC to lay pipelines for transporting gas from their Vashista and S-1 gas fields. The project, which is being carried out by NIO’s Regional Centre at Vishakapatnam, is led by its Scientist-in-Charge, Dr. V.S.N. Murty.
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