ONGC team visited Ladakh to explore geothermal energy.

 LEDeG team  along with team from ONGC energy centre met Home Minster for state, Mr.Kiran Rijuji and MP Ladakh , Mr.Thupstan Tsewang and submit memorandum to explore the geothermal potential in Ladakh.  

On 17th July 2018, Mrs Kunzes Dolma, Geothermal consultant at Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG), attended a meeting with the delegates of ONGC and MNRE at ONGC centre. In the meeting she conveyed the various prospects of utilizing the Geothermal Energy efficiently available at Puga and Chumathang areas of Ladakh.

Following this meeting, an official letter from CEC office, Leh, was delivered to Dr. B. Bhargava, Director General ONGC, for deputation of team to explore and access the feasibility of geothermal utilization in Ladakh region. Furthermore, another official letter from CEC office was posted to the Chairman of JKSPDC (Govt. of J&K), requesting them to share various reports on findings of Geothermal activities carried out at Puga and Chumathang till now.

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delegates from ONGC energy centre, namely Mr. Mathur (Deputy General Manager), Mr. Mende (Superintendent Engineer) and Mr. Deepak (Engineer) from ONGC arrived in Leh on 26-08-2018. On the next day, 27-08-2018, Mr. Chemet Rigzin, Appropriate Technology Coordinator at LEDeG, addressed all the ONGC officials and departed to the geothermal sites at Puga and Chumathang areas, where they surveyed the site and also collected some samples from there.

After returning from the exploration of geothermal sites, all the delegates of ONGC along with the Executive Director of LEDeG, Dr. Nordan Otzer and Mr. Chemet Rigzin attended a meeting with C.E.C on 29-08-2018 wherein they discussed regarding the sanctions and feasibility of the sites.

On the very same day, another meeting was held with Mr. Kiren Rijiju (Union Minister of State Home Affairs, India) attended by ONGC officials, Ms. Avny Lavassa (Deputy Commissioner, Leh) and Dr. Nordan Otzer. In the meeting, everyone deliberated the importance of geothermal energy prospects in Puga and Chumathang areas. Ms. Avny Lavasa showed her interest and assured to share some reports or findings available at D.C office, Leh. Even Mr. Kiren Rijiju promised that he will take the outcome from this meeting to the P.M.O office for further progress.

After the meeting everyoneadjourned from the meeting with a positive note and hoped to follow up the meeting regarding the feasibility and prospect of geothermal energy in Ladakh.ongc3