The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa and the KDMIPE-ONGC, located in Dehradun, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on a long-term joint working agreement. The two centers will work closely together on issues concerning the configuration and evolution of the Indian continental margins and the adjacent deep ocean basins, leading to the development of a new plate tectonic reconstruction model. In addition, these organisations will carry out joint research in the area of unconventional hydrocarbon sources, including gas hydrate exploration and production as well as field validation. Sunil Kumar Singh, the CEO of NIO, and SN Chitnis, the CEO of KDMIPE, officially signed the deal. Also present were other officials from the NIO and KDMIPE-ONGC.