Eni knows how to look after its Indian staff

Vol 16, PW 8 (01 Nov 12) News in Brief

Like a loving Italian mother, Eni is taking care of its senior and middle level Indian employees as rumours abound that the Italian major is preparing to exit India.

Most are being sent off to Eni offices across the globe. “Eni is a good employer,” we hear.

“Instead of sacking people it offers them foreign postings.” Staff strength at Eni’s Delhi office dropped from 43 in 2010 to 25 in 2011.

“Besides country manager Sergio Laura only a few guys in the accounts and administration departments are left,” adds a source. Frustrated Eni faces appalling government delays at its exploration blocks in India and is waiting since 2009 for defence ministry clearances for exploration work at its 13,110-sq km NELP-V Andaman deepwater block AN-DWN-2003/2, which lies in the flight path of planned rocket launches.

Eni also awaits oil ministry permission to relinquish 1335-sq km NELP-V Rajasthan block RJ-ONN-2003/1 - half of which lies in a protected Desert National Park.