BP boss Hayward meets Murli Deora

Vol 11, PW 16 (13 Dec 07) News in Brief

BP chief Tony Howard made his first business visit to India last month, spending a day in meetings as Tata Steel board director, followed by a day on BP business, including a meeting with oil minister Murli Deora in Mumbai.

Hayward was originally scheduled to meet PM Manmohan Singh in Delhi on November 22 but this was cancelled due to a clash with the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Uganda that the PM was attending. “Deora asked Hayward why BP had pulled out of the Bhatinda refinery project,â€‌ we hear.

“He also talked about BP’s interest in the Kutch basin.â€‌ Hayward in turn asked Deora about investment opportunities in India.

“Hayward left with a positive impression of India,â€‌ adds a source. “He will visit again next year for a combination of Tata Steel and BP business.

â€‌ In June we reported that Hayward would travel to Mumbai regularly in his role as Tata Steel director, a position he inherited from the Tata acquisition of Corus, formerly British Steel.