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Rajesh Kakkar takes charge as Director (Offshore), ONGC
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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 : Mr Rajesh Kakkar has taken over charge of Director (Offshore) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) today. As Director (Offshore), he will look after oil and gas production from ONGC’s offshore fields that contribute 70% and 78% of ONGC’s domestic crude oil and gas production respectively.

Mr Kakkar has more than three and a half decades of experience in the various aspects of operations and management in both offshore and onshore fields.

Mr Kakkar played a key role in reversing the production trend at Western Offshore in 2015. He has been pioneer of “field-life-cycle maximization” to enhance production from the ageing fields. Through many brownfield as well as marginal field development, he has ensured incremental production of oil and gas.

He has held key positions in various high-level committees and task forces concerning oil & gas development projects. He played a pivotal role in ensuring health safety and environment as far as the offshore operations are concerned.

Mr Kakkar is well-known for his people management and interpersonal skills to foster team approach to the operations.

Mr Kakkar holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Ravi Shankar University, Raipur. He completed Global Managers’ program at IIM, Kolkata and Leadership Development Program at IIM, Bangaluru. He was recognized as the “Young Executive of the Year” in 1991 and also received Chairman’s award in 1992 for “Consistent Performance in Offshore Production Operations”.

 

ONGC led Indian Consortium to acquire 10% stake
in Lower Zakum Concession, Offshore Abu Dhabi

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H H Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi witnessing signing of historic ADNOC Offshore
Concession Agreement, awarding ONGC-Led Consortium 10%
stake in Lower Zakum Offshore concession for 40 years for
a participation fee of AED 2.2 billion

ONGC led Indian Consortium to acquire 10% Stake in Lower Zakum Concession, Offshore Abu Dhabi
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11: An Indian Consortium led by ONGC Videsh, wholly owned subsidiary and overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), BPRL & IOCL signed a pact for acquisition of 10 per cent  participating interest in the ADNOC Group owned offshore Lower Zakum Concession for 40 years from 2018 to 2057. This is the first time that Indian oil & gas companies have been given a stake in the development of Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon resources.


The Concession, which has a term of 40 years, was signed by Mr Shashi Shanker, Chairman, ONGC Group of companies and His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer, ADNOC Group and member of Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council, in the presence of Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and  PM, Shri Narendra Modi witnessed  signing of historic ADNOC Offshore Concession Agreement, awarding ONGC-Led Consortium 10% stake in Lower Zakum Offshore concession for 40 years for a participation fee of AED 2.2 billion.

 Sixty percent of the participating interest will be retained by ADNOC and the rest will be awarded to other international oil companies. Lower Zakum is one of three separate offshore concession areas that were formerly part of the ADMA offshore concession.

The  Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi said ,"The ADNOC offshore concession in favor of the Indian consortium has taken our bilateral engagement in the oil and gas sector to a new level, which befits the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and the UAE."

ADNOC Group’s CEO, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber stated that this strategic partnership with ONGC and other members of the consortium would  help India meet its growing demand for energy and refined products, and create opportunities for ADNOC Group to increase its market share in a key growth market.
Mr Shashi Shanker, CMD, ONGC Group of Companies stated “This agreement with ADNOC Group will bring a plethora of opportunities in the times to come.”

 

ONGC net profit up 15.2 %
q-o- q at Rs 5,015 crore


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 09 : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) registered 15.2 per cent rise in standalone net profit on a year-on-year (y-o-y basis to Rs 5014.67 crore for the quarter ended December (Q3FY'18).

The company's standaloneproduction registered upswing in 9 month period , natural gas up 7.7 per cent ; crude oil up 1.2 per cent and VAP up 4.9 per cent in FY'18 as against the corresponding period in FY'17.

The company notified 10 discoveries so far in FY'18.

The company's gross gross revenue was at Rs 22,996 crore, up 14.9 per cent q-o-q
The company regsistered net profit of Rs 5,015 crore, up by 15.2 per cent q--o-q , the company's statement said.

Revenues from operation rose 14.9 pe rcent on a y-o- y basis to Rs 22,995 crore for the quarter ended December which was slightly higher than the CNBC-TV18 estimate of Rs 22,888 crore.
The company reported revenue from the operation of Rs 20,013 crore in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal and Rs 18,964 crore in the previous quarter.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation rose 19.5 percent on a sequential basis to Rs10,919 crore for the quarter ended December 2017, compared to Rs9,136 crore reported in the previous quarter.

 

ONGC holds week long photo
exhibition on Chilika Lake

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MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 02 :
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ( ONGC) has organised a week long Photo Exhibition titled 'The Mangalajodi Inheritence' on birds and life around Chilika Lake in Mumbai from February 2, 2018 till February 8, 2018.


The photo exhibition was inaugurated on 'World Wetlands Day' to spread awareness of world's shrinking wetlands. This is a unique feat by any Indian Corporate towards creating awareness and rallying support towards India's shrinking wetlands.


The objective of the photo exhibition is to bring together opinions of experts from diverse fields to strategise a way forward towards Chilika - The largest brackish water lake - to obtain heritage status from UNESCO.


ONGC has taken up an ambitious project for conservation and holistic development of Chilika Lake area in Odisha and for accordance of status of 'World Heritage Site' by UNESCO and is committed to fund the project under its CSR initiative.


ONGC had earlier organized this photo-exhibition at Delhi on January 6, 2018. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India inaugurated the event. Shri Pradhan envisions Chilika to be developed into an eco-tourism destination.


The photographs captured the migratory birds visiting the largest brackish water lake in the world along with glimpses of life of people around it.


The photo exhibition was inaugurated by Mr A J Morbale, Executive Director, Neelam & Heera Asset, ONGC in the presence of Mr P K Dilip, Executive Director, Mumbai High, ONGC and Mr S Gopinath, Executive Director – Head Regional Office, Mumbai, senior executives and ONGCians.
Eminent environment conservationists, Ministry officials, ONGC top management at Mumbai and various NGOs working in the field of environment protection were present at the photo-exhibition.

MRPL Q3 PAT up 71.07 % at Rs 970 crore


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 02 :
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) has registered a profit-before-tax of Rs 1,481 crpre crore in the third quarter of 2017-18 against Rs 902 crore in the corresponding period of 2016-17, recording a growth of 64.19 per cent.

The company registered a profit-after-tax (PAT) of Rs 970 crore in the third quarter of 2017-18 as against Rs 567 crore in the corresponding period of 2016-17, growth of 71.07 per cent.
GRM (gross refining margin) of the refinery for the third quarter of 2017-18 stood at $9.27 a barrel against $7.43 a barrel in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.

Throughput at the refinery stood at 4.49 million tonnes during the third quarter of 2017-18 against 4.35 mt during Q3 of 2016-17. Exports from the refinery stood at 1.71 mt (1.31 mt) during the period.

The company's turnover stood at Rs 17,417 crore (including exports of Rs 5,757 crore) during the third quarter of 2017-18 against Rs 15,740 crore (exports Rs 3,859 crore) in the corresponding quarter of 2016-17.

The company registered export turnover of Rs 5, 757 crore in the third quarter of financial year 2017-18 as against Rs 3,859 crore in the corresponding quarter of financial year 2016-17.

GAIL fast-tracks work to feed gas
to Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga pipeline

The company places order of Rs. 440 crore for 350 km Vijaipur (UP) – Auraiya (MP) spurline


Thesynergyline Corporate bureau

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 02 :
Rs. 3500 crore Capex for City Gas Distribution in FY 2018-19 by GAIL Group companies to fulfill Hon'ble PM's target of 1 crore PNG connections by 2020

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 02 : GAIL (India) has placed order of Rs 440 crore for laying of approximately . 350 kms of pipeline from Vijaipur (in the state of Madhya Pradesh) to Auraiya (in the state of Uttar Pradesh). This is a part of the spurline of approx. 665 km length from Vijaipur to Phulpur (in the state of Uttar Pradesh) to the existing HVJ-DVPL upgradation pipeline system. The pipeline laying contracts for 315 km stretch from Auraiya to Phulpur was earlier awarded during November 2016.

The Vijaipur to Phulpur pipeline shall provide the gas feed to the ongoing prestigious 2655 Km long Jagdispur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline (JHBDPL) project of GAIL, also known as the 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga' project, inaugurated by Prime Minister of India in July 2015.
The JHBDPL will pass through the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, and the project is progressing in full swing which will usher Industrial development in East India by supplying environmentally clean Natural Gas to Fertilizer & Power plant, Refineries, Steel plants, City Gas Distribution and other Industries.

Mr B. C. Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) , said, "GAIL has awarded contracts of Rs 5400 crore in the current fiscal year which includes Rs 3500 crore for procurement of pipeline and Rs. 1900 crore for laying of pipes. GAIL has awarded till date contracts worth Rs 7500 crore for ongoing pipeline projects of around 4000 kms in south and eastern India. The two major ongoing projects i.e. Kochi-Kottanad-Mangalore project in Kerala and Karnataka state and JGBDPL projects are progressing well."

Mr Tripathi emphasized that "GAIL is committed to complete both the projects well within scheduled time and cost. The two projects will form a vital part of National Gas Grid and also provide huge employment opportunities. The pipe line will provide impetuous to economic development in the area.

Mr Tripathi outlined GAIL group's plan for CGD sector by stating that "GAIL along with its subsidiaries and JV's are fully geared up to fulfill Hon'ble Prime Minister's target of 1 crore PNG connections by 2020. Capex in the current fiscal year has increased by more than 50% in the CGD sector. In the current financial year 2017-18 GAIL along with its subsidiaries and JV's have issued Orders of Rs. 2200 crore for various city gas projects across the country. "

He further added that "All the Group companies have made detail plan for expansion of City gas infrastructure in coming years. Accordingly, the Boards of respective companies have approved Capex of Rs. 3500 crore for FY 2018-19. The outlay will be increased after PNGRB's IX & X bidding round for 142 new cities. The focus on CGD sector will help in curbing pollution by providing clean fuel to households, transportation sector, small industries and commercial establishment."

Subhash Kumar takes charge as
Director (Finance), ONGC


Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

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Mr Subhash Kumar has taken charge as Director (Finance), ONGC


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 :
Mr Subhash Kumar has taken charge as Director (Finance), ONGC  today. Mr Kumar was recommended to the position by Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) on October 26 ,  2017 and has been appointed to the post by the President of India.

Prior to joining as Director (Finance), ONGC,Mr Kumar served a brief stint with Petronet LNG Limited where he joined as Director (Finance) in August 2017.


Mr Kumar is Fellow Member of ICMAI and also Associate Member of ICSI. He is an alumni of Panjab University, Chandigarh,where he obtained his Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Commerce with Gold Medal.

Mr Kumar joined ONGC in 1985 as Finance & Accounts Officer (F&AO). After initially working in Jammu and Dehradun, he had a long stint at ONGC Videsh, the overseas arm of ONGC. During his tenure with ONGC Videsh, Mr Kumar was associated with key acquisitions and expansion of company's footprint from single asset company in 2001 into a company with global presence in 17 countries with 37 assets. He played a key role in evaluation and acquisition of many Assets abroad by ONGC Videsh.

He worked as Head Business Development, Finance & Budget and also as Head Treasury Planning & Portfolio Management Group at ONGC Videsh from April 2010 to March 2015. He then went on to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Mansarovar Energy Colombia Limited, a 50:50 joint venture of ONGC Videsh and Sinopec of China, fromSeptember 2006 to March 2010.

Mr Kumar joined back ONGC as Chief Commercial & Head Treasury of ONGC in July, 2016 where he played a key role in evaluation, negotiation, and concluding outstanding issues pertaining to the organization.


The project will also provide clean energy to households and transportation in the cities
en route the pipeline. : GAIL on Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ pipeline project

GAIL commences construction work for West Bengal
stretch of Prime Minister Urja Ganga Pipeline Project

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

 NEW DELHI,JANUARY 29  :
GAIL (India)  has started pipeline construction work in the state of West Bengal for providing gas supply to Matix Fertilizers, Durgapur. This project is being executed as a part of ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’ pipeline project i.e. Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project and is being executed on a fast track basis. A total of 555 Km long pipeline with an approved cost of approximately Rs. 2700 crore in West Bengal will pass through eight districts like Puruliya, Bankura, Burdwan, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah, East Medinapur and 24 North Paragana. Further project activities for execution of pipeline in the state of West Bengal upto Haldia and City Gas Distribution in Kolkata are also expected to commence shortly.
 
The prestigious 2655 kilo metres long JHBDPL project was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India in July’2015. The project is progressing in full swing. The pipeline will pass through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
 
The project is being executed in a phased manner. Phase I consists of pipeline network from Phulpur – Dobhi with spurlines to Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Patna and Barauni (755 Km) and is scheduled to be completed by Dec ‘18. Phase II of the project beyond Dobhi (Gaya) towards Durgapur Haldia & Bokaro – Ranchi and Angul – Dhamra (1900 Km) is scheduled to be completed progressively by December’20.

   
The project will usher Industrial development in Eastern part of India by supplying environmentally clean Natural Gas to Fertilizer & Power plant, Refineries, Steel plants and other Industries. Further, the arrival of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga will provide direct and indirect employment to thousands of people.
 
The project will also provide clean energy to households and transportation in the cities en route the pipeline. The city gas Network laying activity in Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Cuttack has already commenced and activities in other cities namely Patna and Jamshedpur will start by next month. The pilot project in   Bhubaneshwar for providing PNG & CNG has already been inaugurated in October 2017 & December 2017 respectively, by Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
 

 

ONGC is set to become India's first fully vertically integrated Energy Company with presence across the entire hydrocarbon value chain

HPCL acquisition to make ONGC third largest
refining company in India : ONGC Director (HR)


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ONGC R-Daycelebration

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Mr D D Misra, Director (HR), ONGC , speaking in the capacity of officiating CMD, in place of Mr Shashi Shanker, on Republic Day celebration at ONGC Corporate Headquarters, Dehradun.

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 26 : The acquisition of 51.11 per cent equity share of Government of India in HPCL is slated to make ONGC the third largest refining power in India, said Mr D D Misra, Director (HR), ONGC during the Republic Day celebrations at ONGC Corporate Headquarters, Dehradun.


With this ONGC is set to become India's first fully vertically integrated Energy Company with presence across the entire hydrocarbon value chain, he said.

Mr Misra was speaking in the capacity of officiating CMD, in place of Mr Shashi Shanker, who is representing India as part of a high level delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "We are geared up to contribute in achieving Hon'ble Prime Minister's vision of 10% reduction in energy imports by 2022", he said.


The capacity increase from acquisition of HPCL would contribute to ONGC's downstream kitty of MRPL, that registered its highest ever throughput of 16.57mmt.


This combined with ONGC's other value multiplier projects such as ONGC Petro additions Ltd (OPaL), ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd (OMPL) and ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) that are all fully operational, would consolidate ONGC's presence in the downstream hydrocarbon sector.
Mr DD Misra, Director (HR) ONGC speaking during Republic Day Celebrations at ONGC Headquarters, Dehradun.


The company is also consolidating its upstream presence by adding more reserves in the proven reserve base. "By working expeditiously on the Kutch-Saurashtra basin, ONGC will be shortly adding the 8th producing basin to India's oil and gas map. This will be a moment of pride for all ONGCians", Mr Misra informed.

Besides, the company is also actively engaged in National Seismic Programme and Hydrocarbon assessment missions.

"We performed well during 2016-17 and are continuing with the same zeal in 2017-18", he said, adding that the company has done extremely well on onshore crude production as well as Natural Gas production. "Continuing with strong performance in first 9 months of this fiscal, our crude production is 16.892 MMT – 1.5% more than the previous period", he said.

Mr Misra also shared that the Natural Gas output in FY'17 also witnessed a growth of 4.29% at 22.09 BCM. "During first 9 months of this fiscal, Natural Gas production has been higher by 7.9 per cent as compared to same period in 2016-17", he added.

Over the past three years, ONGC's board has approved projects worth over Rs 78,000 crore that would lead to additional hydrocarbon output of over 180 MMToe.

The Republic Day was observed all across ONGC workcenters with homage paid to the five officers who recently lost their lives in a chopper accident in Mumbai offshore.

"In this hour of tragedy, while the loss is irreparable, the biggest tribute to these martyrs would be our firm resolve to go beyond the call of duty- always and every time", Mr Misra said. The Director HR also said that the ONGC management has initiated several actions to help their families cope with such a colossal loss.

 

ONGC promotes beekeeping in
Uttarakhand to generate employment


Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

 

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A step to provide employment

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Mr D D Misra, Director (HR), ONGC inaugurating the beekeeping project under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), at Pawalgarh in the presence of Director (Onshore) Mr. V P Mahawar and CVO Dr A K Ambasht.
 

JIM CORBETT , JANUARY 25 :
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has launched a CSR project on Beekeeping to generate employment in Uttarakhand. The project is aimed at generating rural employment and promoting a sustainable ecosystem in and around the wilderness of Jim Corbett National Park.

The first phase of the program will continue for 12 months involving around 40 families in five villages around the Jim Corbett National Park- Pawalgarh, Dhela, Amgadi, Kyari and Mankatpur.

The  CSR project which is slated to transform into a major campaign to promote Bee-keeping, has been undertaken in memory of the five ONGC officers who recently lost their lives in the Mumbai High accident.

Inaugurating the project, Mr D D Misra, Director (HR), ONGC, said that bees are vital links of our ecosystem and therefore promoting apiculture is of huge importance for our environment. He also advised the project coordinators to involve women in a big way in this project by trying to have at least 50 per cent women as beneficiaries.

 He further said that ONGC would help in providing vocational training for developing some women as tourist guides.

ONGC Director (Onshore) Mr V P Mahawar said that this project would promote skill development of the community members, especially the unemployed youth, in line with what the Hon’ble Prime Minister has envisioned.

The Beekeeping project was inaugurated by ONGC under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), at Pawalgarh on 24 January 2018 in the presence of the ONGC Director (HR) Mr. D.D. Misra, Director (Onshore) Mr. V P Mahawar and CVO Dr A K Ambasht. The project is being implemented by Devalsari Society.

 

ONGC acquires 51.11% stake
of President of India in HPCL

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 20:
NEW DELHI,JANUARY 20: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) and the President of India (President) have been engaged in discussions on a potential transaction for purchase by ONGC of the President's shareholding of 51.11 per cent in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in furtherance of the Budget 2017-18 announcement by the Government of India for creating an 'oil major' which will be able to match the performance of international and domestic private sector oil and gas companies.

IndianOil enters into technology
tieups with Israeli companies

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A bonhomie

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Mr. Daniel Carmon, Israeli Ambassador in India, and IndianOil Chairman, Mr. Sanjeev Singh, exchanging LoI documents in the presence of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and the visiting Prime Minister of Israel, His Excellency Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 : Indi's Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil), India's largest fuel retailer, has signed Letters of Intent (LoI) with. Phinergy, an Israeli starup company, and YEDA, a technology spinoff company from Weizmann Research Institute, Israel., according to company's statement..
IndianOil Chairman, Mr Sanjeev Singh, exchanged the agreements with Mr Daniel Carmon, Israeli Ambassador in India, in the presence of Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, and the visiting Prime Minister of Israel, His Excellency Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Letter of Intent with Phinergy enables IndianOil to work on adoption of advanced energy systems for the Indian market for both mobility and stationary industrial applications. Going forward, this association could lead to the setting up of manufacturing units for these energy systems initially in India.

Similarly, the Letter of Intent signed with YEDA (Weizmann Institute) will pave the way for research collaboration between both the organisations for developing solar to green fuel technologies through concentrated solar thermal route.

IndianOil's R&D Centre, situated in Faridabad (Delhi-NCR), will spearhead the prospective research collaborations with these entities.
The company'sResearch and Development (R&D) facility situated in Faridabad will spearhead the prospective research collaborations with these entities, the statement adds. .

 

Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore , GAIL (India) strengthen partnership

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16 : GAIL and Gazprom have strengthened their partnership further by successfully re-negotiating the long-term LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) originally signed in the year 2012. An amendment to this effect was signed today in New Delhi between Mr Gajendra Singh, Director (Marketing) GAIL (India) Limited and Mr. Vitaly Vasiliev, CEO Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited.

A long-term LNG Sale & Purchase Agreement building up to 2.5 MMTPA of LNG on DES (Discharge-ex-Ship) basis was executed by GAIL with Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore (GMTS) in the year 2012, the supplies under which are scheduled to start in Q2 2018.

The two parties have agreed to an adjustment to the price and volume of LNG supply thus enabling GAIL to develop incremental gas markets to offtake these volumes thereby mitigating volume risk.

Vitaly Vasiliev, CEO of Gazprom Marketing & Trading, said: “I am excited to announce that we agreed to deliver on our original promise and begin LNG supplies in 2018. We look forward to strengthening a mutually beneficial partnership with Gail going forward.”

Speaking on the development Mr B C Tripathi, Chairman and Managing Director, GAIL (India) said that “This agreement is a key mile stone affirming partnership of GAIL and Gazprom in developing LNG markets under Indo-Russia trade relationship.” This deal is a step for GAIL to diversify LNG portfolio by spreading price reference indices across multiple geographies so as to provide consumers greater flexibility in service.

The chapter of relationship between the two companies opens up exploration of further opportunities in portfolio optimization and LNG swap dealings for mutually beneficial outcomes. 

The SPA signed in 2012 is a 20-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales and purchase agreement following the signing of an earlier Basic Framework Agreement (BFA) by the two companies on 18 May 2011.With start of the LNG supplies from USA and Gazprom in 2018, GAIL’s LNG portfolio would increase multi-fold bringing it in the league of some of the largest traders of LNG in the world.

GAIL Hawa Badlo movement to
inspire school students

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

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GAILHawa Badlo campaign

Hawa Badlo intends to connect with school students in India who are the future of India and are currently at massive health risks due to constant rise in pollutants in the air.

 

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 :
Hawa Badlo is a movement against Air Pollution support by  GAIL (India)
which aims at reducing pollution levels & protecting the environment. It
aspires to transform India’s current air quality index and spread the
awakening in rest of the country.

Hawa Badlo movements objective is to create awareness about the
consequences of environmental contamination caused by human activity and it
motivates the masses to inculcate air-friendly habits such as switching to
CNG/electric vehicles, carpooling, and use of public transport. As individuals,
there are multiple things one can do to save our planet, our environment and,
indeed ourselves.

Hawa Badlo  intends to connect with school students in India who are
the future of India and are currently at massive health risks due to constant
rise in pollutants in the air.

Hawa Badlo has launched an online Hawa Badlo School Warrior contest
wherein students will be given a chance to showcase their creative views
on Air Pollution by uploading short videos & art forms on advocacy
against Air Pollution, problems of Air Pollution & solutions for curbing it
on Hawa Badlo micro site www.changetheair.org . The students can
upload videos & art forms till 15 February 2018 and the selected short
videos & art forms will win fabulous prizes. The student who uploads the
best concept video will be awarded a tour package along with her/his
parents to the carbon negative country – Bhutan.

Category 1 - Short Film
Themes : Hawa Badlo/ Clean Air/ Protect Environment/ Air Pollution
We are looking for Hawa Badlo School Warriors who with their creativity ,

imagination can create impactful short films on
the themes mentioned above

Category 2 – Art Form


Themes : Hawa Badlo/ Clean Air/ Protect Environment/ Air Pollution
We are looking for Hawa Badlo School Warriors who with their creativity ,
imagination can create impactful art forms like posters, paintings, photographs or craft pieces on the themes mentioned above.

Hawa Badlo movement is also a step towards building a sustainable environment for India and creating a meaningful difference. Hawa Badlo connects with the citizens to a single platform and protects human health and country from the effects of Air Pollution.  GAIL India Ltd plans to support Hawa Badlo movement and empower the idea till it becomes a national movement.

 

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ONGC SolarChulha Campaign

Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission chairing the Expert Panel Meeting in Mumbai


ONGC Solar Chulha Campaign : A Step towards Clean Household Cooking

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 08 : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has embarked on an ambitious project on innovation towards making an "Efficient Electric Chulha (Stove)", in order to live up to the clarion call given by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi to touch lives far and wide.

ONGC launched a nationwide campaign to seek innovative solutions for the development of Solar Chulha.

An overwhelming response with more than 1500 entries was received by ONGC in the duration of the campaign. An Expert Panel comprising of eminent scientists and chaired by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission met on 6th Jan 2018 at Mumbai to deliberate upon the proposals.

"There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before."
― Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion; And Other Essays

Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates symposium and photo exhibition on Chilika

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ONGC-TBBWSymposium

Mr Dharmendra Pradhan addresses the audience and shares his vision for Chilika


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 06 :
Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated a unique symposium and photo exhibition titled 'The Mangalajodi Inheritance", organised by ONGC in association with the The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks,on Saturday at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The objective of the symposium and photo exhibition is to bring together opinions of experts from diverse fields to strategise a way forward towards Chilika - The largest brackish water lake - to obtain heritage status from UNESCO.

Mr Dharmendra Pradhan- Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, accompanied by Mr Kenji Hiramatsu -Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr Shashi Shanker- CMD ONGC, Mr Narendra Verma- MD ONGC Videsh and Shri D D Misra - Director (HR), ONGC at the photo exhibition by Avinash Khemka, noted wildlife photographer.

Mr Pradhan highlighted that the Chilika ecosystem is an integral part of the Odia psyche, history and culture and therefore its preservation is crucial. "Chilika has immense potential to be developed as an eco-tourism destination.

ONGC has shown great passion in taking up the project for conservation and holistic development of Chilika, and for accordance of status of UNESCO 'World Heritage Site' for Chilika Lake. It is a commendable initiative", he said.

"India is committed to fulfill its responsibilities towards lowering carbon footprint under the leadership of Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, by building an ecological economy to ensure sustainable development", he said. The minister appreciated the public sector oil companies for playing a stellar role to accomplish this objective. From environment protection to focus on bio-fuels and 2nd Gen ethanol fuel, many initiatives have been taken.


Japanese Ambassador to India Mr Kenji Hiramatsu appreciated India's role in conservation of bio-diversity in Chilika and reaffirmed Japan's support towards skill development, knowledge transfer and technology induction.

Mr Shashi Shanker, CMD, ONGC said that ONGC has taken many inititatives towards environment conservation such as plantation of Ringal Bamboos in Himalayas, Mangrove plantation on the western coast, and many heritage conservation projects.

The project at Chilika is one such intervention. "Our CSR footprint extends from beaches of Rameshwaram to the peaks of the Himalayas"- he said, adding that in the coming days, ONGC is planning to take up skill development and all round development of infrastructure in areas around Chilika and make Chilika a World Heritage site.

Mr D D Misra, Director (HR) ONGC reiterated ONGC's commitment towards environment and heritage conservation. Shri Misra said that ONGC and UNESCO have agreed to launch a conservation linked sustainable development initiative in Chilika with aim to monitor climate change, observe bird migration patterns, map local ecology and engage in fishery studies.

"ONGC is aware that conservation efforts at Chilika require the involvement of the people of Mangalajodi. Through our CSR programme, we soon propose to undertake Projects at Mangalajodi to create a sustainable model of development", he said.

Mr Sanjeev Sarangi, Founder of Indian Grameen Services (IGS) was felicitated for creating a sustainable eco-tourism model that has already created meaningful impact.

The IGS has embarked upon a strategy that synergized capacity building of local communities. Ecotourism is used by IGS as the main vehicle for enabling livelihoods through Mangalajodi Ecotourism Trust (MET). Over 200 families have now been trained successfully to operate ecotourism services in Mangalajodi.

ONGC and UNESCO have jointly conducted survey to bring Chilika on the World Heritage map and giving global recognition to Mangalajodi for conservation measures. A tripartite agreement between ONGC, Govt. of Odisha and UNESCO is in the process of finalisation. UNESCO has assured all support towards this objective. ONGC has also charted out a systematic plan for development of Mangalajodi village in Chilika through CSR activities.

Mangalajodi is a 10 sqkm wetland lying on the north eastern fringe of Chilika. This freshwater zone hosts more than three lakhs migratory birds between November and March each year.

Based on criticalities, CSR interventions by ONGC is underway in Mangalajodi. These include installation of solar lights, provision of boats and construction Individual household toilets. Other projects planned are training programmes on tour and travel management, local health centre, Mobile Medicare Unit, provision of potable water, infrastructure support to schools, construction of Community hall and connecting villagers with Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana.

Mangalajodi is symbolic of the immense potential of Chilika to grow as a prominent eco tourism destination. The Chilika eco system needs to be safeguarded and nurtured, not only for its unique biodiversity but also for its antiquity, culture and heritage.

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― Fennel Hudson, Traditional Angling - Fennel's Journal - No. 6

ONGC to organize symposium , photo exhibition in Delhi on Chilika

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NEW DELHI, JAUARY 05 :
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is organizing a symposium and photo-exhibition titled "The Mangalajodi Inheritance" at New Delhi on January 6, 2018, in association with The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks (TBBW). The objective of the symposium is to promote the cause of the largest brackish water lake to obtain heritage status from UNESCO.

Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India will inaugurate the event.

ONGC has embarked on an ambitious project for conservation and holistic development of Chilika Lake area in Odisha, and for accordance of status of UNESCO "World Heritage Site" for Chilika Lake, in line with its commitment towards environment conservation and heritage protection. Mr Pradhan has taken the noble initiative to reach a tripartite agreement between ONGC, Govt. of Odisha and UNESCO.

UNESCO has assured all support towards this objective. ONGC has also charted out a systematic plan for development of Mangalajodi village in Chilika through CSR activities.

The objective of this symposium by ONGC and TBBW is to bring together experts and enthusiasts from the fields of conservation, eco-tourism, ornithology, diplomatic corps, media, NGO's, officials from various ministries of Govt. of India, and other related fields, in order to chart out a future course of action for the preservation and development of this rich wetland heritage of Odisha.

The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks is an NGO committed to documentation and conservation of avifauna in Odisha. Founder of TBBW, Panchami Manoo Ukil has been a part of the facilitation process of ONGC's CSR work in Mangalajodi.

Eminent environment conservationists, diplomats from various countries, UN officials, Ministry officials, ONGC top management including CMD ONGC and Director (HR), ONGC as well as various NGOs working in the field of environment protection shall be present at the symposium and photo-exhibition.

GAIL commissions rooftop solar PV at Petrochemical Complex, PATA (UP)

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Mr B C Tripathi:

"GAIL as a marketer of benign natural gas is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at our major installation"

 


NEW DELHI, JANUARY 01 : 
GAIL (India) Limited commissioned India’s second largest rooftop solar PV power plant at its Petrochemical Complex at Pata, Uttar Pradesh. The 5.76 MWp Solar plant is spread over the roofs of warehouses covering a total roof area of 65, 000 square metres. With an expected PLF of around 15 per cent annually over 79 lakh KWh of electricity is targeted to be generated for captive use of India’s largest gas based petrochemicals plant.


Mr B. C. Tripathi, CMD of GAIL delightedly said, “GAIL as a marketer of benign natural gas is thrilled to integrate captive solar PV towards achieving lower carbon footprint at our major installation”  
Captive solar pv initiative of GAIL shall reduce carbon emissions by 6300 TPA and help India achieve climate goals under COP21. GAIL’s solar rooftop project is also a step under ‘Make in India’ with Indian vendors entrusted for manufacture, supply and execution.

H.L.Arora takes over as Director
(Technical) of THDC India


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THDCDirector(Technical)

He has played a key role in diversification of business portfolio of THDC into renewable energy in implementation of Patan and Dwarka Project in record time. Prior to Joining, THDC, he has worked in National Projects Construction Corporation Ltd(NPCC). He was instrumental in timely completion of cooling towers at Balco Captive Power Plant Korba.

 


RISHIKESH , DECEMBER 27 :
Harbans Lal Arora assumed the charge of Director (Technical) of THDC India recently . Prior to this Mr Arora was held the charge of ED (OMS, QA & Safety) in Corporate Office Rishikesh.


Mr Arora is a Civil Engineering graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology. He has an illustrative career spanning nearly 36 Years in the Power Sector. He started his career in 1992 as Dy.Manager with THDC India Limited and has wide-ranging experience entailing all aspect of hydropower project business. He has a strong background in planning, monitoring, rehabilitation, execution of large civil structures including underground works, O&M of Tehri HPP and Koteshwar HEP and has a rich experience of Quality Assurance & Dam Safety.

He has played a key role in diversification of business portfolio of THDC into renewable energy in implementation of Patan and Dwarka Project in record time. Prior to Joining, THDC, he has worked in National Projects Construction Corporation Ltd(NPCC). He was instrumental in timely completion of cooling towers at Balco Captive Power Plant Korba.

He attended international seminar at Denver (USA) on Dam Safety Evaluation & imparted with exhaustive training in Design of dam and Power House Civil Works by Hydro Project Institute(HPI), Moscow. He has also visited large hydro projects such as Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Damsand Volgograd Hydro Electric Project.

Mr Arora has keen interest in skill enhancement of employees and imparting knowledge and experiences and associated with various educational and professional institutions of country viz. IITs. CEA, CWC and PMI etc. on various issues pertaining to Power Sector, Hydro Power, River Basin Planning, Disaster Management, Dam Safety etc.

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ONGC paralympic games reaffirms its commitment as equal opportunity employer

ONGC Para Games, which kick-started on December 19, will be a regular Annual feature 

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ONGC paragames

Mr D D Misra, Director-HR, ONGC, speaking at a 3-day 3-day ONGC Para Games, a unique HR initiative


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 22 :
The First edition of the 3-day ONGC Para Games, a unique HR initiative for the specially abled employees has evoked huge enthusiasm among the 120 participants, out of which 20 were lady sports enthusiasts. In spite of being physically challenged, the participants had shown their mettle and fighting attitude to take part in various sports.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. D.D. Misra, Director-HR, ONGC said, "The philosophy behind conducting the ONGC Para Games is to provide similar sporting avenues to specially abled employees that the regular employees enjoy".

Mr Misra further pointed out that ONGC is an equal opportunity employer and all these initiatives are taken to accomplish this objective. ONGC Para Games, which kick-started on December 19, will be a regular Annual feature. The company is always supporting initiatives that seek to eliminate disparities of all forms against the physically challenged by not only creating opportunities for livelihood but also instilling confidence for growth at par with everyone in the society.

The valedictory function was graced by Mr George Abraham, the architect behind the concept of Blind Cricket in India.

Incidentally, ONGC is the first corporate in the country to acknowledge the talents of the differently abled and organize an event of this stature.

A total of 46 events were organized over 3 days which comprised of 5 categories in badminton, 3 categories in table tennis, 4 categories in wheel chair and 34 in athletics including 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 2 km walk, long jump and discus throw.

Apart from this sporting initiative, ONGC has also set up Integrated Muscular Dystrophy Rehabilitation Center at Solan, Himachal Pradesh, supported ALEMCO for distributing aids and appliances to differently abled people, provided financial support for education and training of 40 intellectually disabled girls attending Rapheal Special School at Dehradun

GAIL fast tracks implementation of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project

Pipe laying Contracts awarded in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 07 :
GAIL (India) has awarded laying contract for 520 kms pipeline connectivity from Dobhi (in Bihar) to Durgapur (in West Bengal) including 120 kms line to Jamshedpur (in Jharkhand).

With these awards, major contracts for Phase – II of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and-Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project, have been finalised.

The prestigious 2655 kms long JHBDPL project, also known as the 'Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga' project will pass through the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.

The project will usher industrial development in East India by supplying environmentally clean Natural Gas to Fertilizer & Power plant, Refineries, Steel plants and other Industries. The city gas network laying activity in Varanasi and Bhubaneswar has already commenced and activities in other cities namely Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Cuttack and Kolkata will start by next month. The city gas distribution will provide clean fuel to household, transportation and other commercial sectors.


Mr B C. Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) said that "The project activities of Phase-I is under advanced stage of construction which will supply gas to Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Patna & Barauni. Though certain hindrances are being encountered in RoU opening, GAIL is putting all out efforts to overcome the hindrances and complete the Phase-I before the scheduled completion of December 2018. With the award for pipeline to Durgapur and Jamshedpur, GAIL till date has already awarded contracts over Rs 6000 crores covering phase I & II of the project."

Mr Tripathi said "GAIL is presently executing 4000 kms of Natural Gas pipeline. The 4000 kms pipe line will cover the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala & Karnataka. GAIL is making huge investment in pipeline to fulfil Government's vision of National Gas Grid. The CAPEX of GAIL for the next Financial year is expected over Rs 6000 crs which will be a jump of more than 50 per cent of current Financial year."

With these, the activities of Phase –II of JHBDPL and City gas projects en-route the pipeline will also gain momentum and GAIL is committed to complete the project within the project cost and schedule.

GAIL to host Oil and Gas HSE Conclave, over 350 delegates to participate in the event

 

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GAIL Oil and Gas Conclave

Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, GAIL Director (Projects) and Chairman, Oil and Gas Conclave and Mr P K Gupta, GAIL Director (HR) speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Wednesday.

 


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 06 : The Three Cs, I told myself. When you're not Comfortable with it, it's not a Compliment, it's Creepy."
― Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alice in Charge


So taking a cognitive a-view of safety and endangered enviromentai issues going beyond the line GAIL (India) is hosting a two-0day high-profile Oil and Gas HSE Conclave of oil and gas Companies on from December 08 to December 09, 2017 at Noida. The conclave will have the convergence of senior officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and heads of oil and gas PSUs in India.

 

Speaking at the curtain raiser press conference on the Conclave at GAIL's Corporate Office in Delh, Dr Ashutosh Karnatak, GAIL Director (Projects) and Chairman, Oil and Gas Conclave and Mr P K Gupta, GAIL Director (HR) emphasised the importance of the operation and maintenance aspect of the Oil and Gas Sector in terms of Health Safety and Environment related issues that each plant of Hydrocarbon Sector grapple and keeping the pedestal of accident free, smooth operation of the plant is of paramount importance.

Call to stand guard over maintenance

"While supplies of and production of the vital products of transportation of the hydrocarbon products, natural gas through cross country pipeline infrastructure, refinery and petrochemical units are maintained at the optimum level to meet the requirement of the country as a whole, smooth operation of the plants are required to be maintained by mitigating the risk of any eventuality in the operation. Hydrocarbon sector is prone to various industrial hazard during operation."

 

While supplies of and production of the vital products of transportation of the hydrocarbon products, natural gas through cross country pipeline infrastructure, refinery and petrochemical units are maintained at the optimum level to meet the requirement of the Country as a whole, smooth operation of the plants are required to be maintained by mitigating the risk of any eventuality during the operation. Dr. Karnatak, said hydrocarbon sector is prone to various industrial hazard during operation.

 

He pointed out that the two day conclave will deliberate on various issue on the HSE matters for the smooth operation and maintenance of the system in place. He said that more than 350 delegates from oil and gas PSUs and Private Sector Companies are expected to participate in the event including various institutions and Regulators and other stakeholders besides noted contractors during the event.

 

Referring to the vast marketing distribution network developed by the oil companies supplying essential fuels in the remotest parts, Dr Ashutosh Karnatak said that India has the second largest customer base in the world. "With the country's high oil import dependence, it is necessary that petroleum products be leveraged with maximum reach to end use customers across the country and importance of Health Safety and Environment issues are really very important today.

 

The Conclave will deliberate on the role of leadership in developing world class HSE culture, alignment of HSE management and business continuity. A total of 44 panelists from across the world will participate from different organizations like ENOC, Dupont, Oil India, MGL, Safety Erudite Inc., L&T Hydrocarbon, HPCL, GAIL, Reliance Industries Ltd., BAPCO, BHEL, EIL, IOCL, Acuizen Technologies, Accenture Management Consulting, Cairn India, DNV GL, Reliance Gas Transportation, IGL, Essar Oil, OISD, Mahanagar Gas, UL, TERI, GRI, UPES, Global Compact Network, Maharashtra Natural Gas & Ex-Official from Organization.

 

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