Oil India Ltd (OIL) is to begin its first offshore exploration activity as an operator under the NELP regime on the Cauvery Basin, India.

The company won block CY-OSN-2009 / 2 in NELP VIII and partnered with ONGC, which holds a 50% stake, reports Hindu Businessline.

OIL director (exploration & development) BN Talukdar said the seismic work will begin before April 2011.

OIL is also exploring the option of venturing into shale gas in its acreages in the north-east region of the country, which were awarded before the NELP regime.