Ray rushes back

Vol 15, PW 8 (20 Oct 11) News in Brief

GSPC managing director Tapan Ray has been forced to cut short a six-week ‘study break’ at New York’s prestigious Columbia University.

PETROWATCH learns Ray returned to Gandhinagar late Wednesday (October 19) to attend a GSPC board meeting on October 20. One important item on the agenda, we learn, is GSPC board approval of the proposed 5m t/y Mundra LNG terminal project, promoted by GSPC with a 50% stake and Adani Energy with 50%.

Mundra will be the third LNG terminal to come up on Gujarat’s coastline, after Dahej and Hazira, and is expected to take 36 months to construct. Ray left for the US on October 6 where he hoped to spend time relaxing and improving his knowledge of global current affairs.

State governments in India regularly send civil service officers on such study programmes, we learn. Ray holds the rank of principal secretary in the IAS, and is likely to resume his interrupted break soon after the board meeting.