SHALE GAS IN THE NORTH EAST
WHY SHALE GAS???
WHAT WE HAVE & WHERE WE CAN GO
• Rich in mineral and water resources
Facilitates power generation
Makes industrialisation easier
Boost to agriculture
Alternative mode of cheap passenger and cargo
• Fertile Soils
• Mountainous terrain
Facilitates generation of hydel power
Non-extreme climatic conditions
Gives a boost to cultivation of valuable cash crops such
Great potential for tourism.
• Many north east zones Rich in natural gas –
opportunity for power commercialization.
• Enhancement through boost to roaring
Bangladeshi markets and FDI from Bangladesh
Access to markets in India (outside North Eastern
India) through --
& OTHER NORTH EAST COUNTRIES.
Rice husk,Wood chips and Sugar cane.
Approximate cost range of feedstocks
1100 to 2600
Potential for biomass power (MW)
increasing gap between demand and supply of
conventional energy resources.
exploration of unconventional energy sources.
possibility of tapping unconventional resources
like methane hydrates, oil shale, coal bed
methane (CBM), and shale gas to meet India's
burgeoning domestic energy demand.
identified areas in the north-east which have
potential for shale oil.
has prognosticated CBM resources,
approximately 4.6 TCM.
54% tea produce comes from north east.
Energy requirement high
Increasing price of fossil
Biomass substitution to fossil fuels used
in tea industries
to reduce cost
HIGH potential for the expansion of horticulture
and plantation crops -- requires stimulation
through market access .
Cultural similarity a favourable factor for trade
with and investment and tourists from
literacy rate of 73.2 percent as against 63.4
percent for India as a whole.– export human
Access for goods by land very difficult
•Connected to the rest of India by a 22 km
wide stretch of land called the chicken’s
•Goods have to travel parallel to Bangladeshi
border and enter through the chicken’s neck
– high transportation costs
•Bangladesh can provide easier connectivity
for North East India to the rest of India and
through Chittagong Port to the rest of the
• Provision of connectivity through
Bangladesh makes travel to rest of India
•Pre-partition journey from Kolkata to Agartala
barely 360 km; now as much as 1680 km
Bangladesh is a potentially easy source of
connectivity to the rest of the world
•Agartala is barely 248 kms from Chittagong
•All other N.E. capitals between 600 and 900 km
• Win-win situation for both sides – easier
trade for North East and revenues for
WHAT ATTRACTS WILL GAIN.
CULTURE & KNOWLEGDE OF MEDICINES
PERTAINING TO NORTH EAST has always
fascinated not just INDIA but THE WORLD.
GOVERNMENT need to come out with
schemes providing exposure to the culture
& knowledge of THE NORTH EAST.
EXPOSURE GIVES MATURITY
MATURITY REAPS FRUITS.
North East, especially Tripura and Bangladesh
enjoy a huge scope for mutually beneficial
trade, investment and other forms of regional
Poor state of trade facilitation is a dampener in
Connectivity through Bangladesh can provide
easier access for the North-East not only to the
rest of India but to the rest of the world.