The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Oil India Limited (OIL) have signed an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue technological partnership in select domains across the Energy value chain. The aim of this collaboration is to facilitate research in advanced technologies for energy security. The umbrella MoU puts in place a formal framework for collaboration between OIL and CSIR Labs.
The MoU was signed by Dr N Kalaiselvi, DG, CSIR & Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and Dr Ranjit Rath, CMD, OIL. The event was attended by Directors of CSIR labs and eminent scientists of CSIR in the virtual mode. Heads of Scientific Directorate of CSIR and other senior officers from OIL and CSIR also graced the event.
Areas Identified for Joint R&D Activities and Technology Partnership
The MoU covers a wide range of areas for joint research and development activities and technology partnership, which include:
i) New frontier areas in hydrocarbon exploration;
ii) Upstream and downstream operations;
iii) New and renewable energy, batteries/storage systems;
iv) Green and Renewable Hydrogen / Biohydrogen (H2);
v)Reducing environmental pollution and bioremediation;
vi) Waste treatment including oil separation and recovery from wastewater and waste sludge including crude oil sludge;
vii) Corrosion inspection and anti-corrosion coating;
viii) Extraction of Lithium and Rare Earth Elements from Oilfield Water;
ix) Stranded natural gas to fuel molecules; and
x) Decarbonisation and net zero targets.
According to Dr Ranjit Rath, “OIL has a long association with CSIR labs like IIP and NEIST and has been working together in the past. The present MoU will open the gateway for collaboration with all the labs of CSIR. OIL being an integrated energy company intends to be at the forefront in terms of technology adoption in the energy value chain with a global presence providing value to the stakeholders. The collaboration with CSIR would play a catalytic role to achieve these objectives in mission mode.”
Capacity Building and Corporate Social Responsibility
Both organizations have agreed to work towards capacity building through training and skill development. The OIL would also consider providing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding support towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, Aspirational Districts, Rural Development, Govt missions/initiatives etc.
The MoU between CSIR and OIL marks a significant milestone in advanced energy research. By pooling their resources and expertise, both organizations can accelerate the development of new technologies and solutions that will enhance energy security and drive sustainable growth. This collaboration is not only mutually rewarding but also beneficial for the country and the common man in the long term.