Pandya takes charge at Mehsana for ONGC

Vol 19, PW 24 (11 Aug 16) News in Brief

With his white beard and receding hairline, he might look like an academic or intellectual but sources insist Vinay Janakrai Pandya has the hands-on drilling experience necessary to boost production at ONGC's largest producing onshore asset Mehsana.

Pandya, 58, was ONGC's former onshore drilling services chief based at Vadodara and has moved to Mehsana where he took charge on July 28 as the new asset manager, replacing Utpal Bora who is the new Oil India chairman and managing director. "Pandya is an expert driller and knows rigs inside out," says an ONGC source.

Speaking to this report Pandya says he will focus on increasing production which presently stands at 52,000 b/d at the ageing asset. "That is my top priority," he says.

In an earlier life Pandya worked at Mehsana as drilling services head. Widely respected as a stickler for safety, he instructs rig crews to religiously hold job safety analysis and 'toolbox' meetings before beginning shifts." In May this year Pandya was also included in an ONGC delegation to Calgary scouting for 27 drilling and 20 workover rigs.