ONGC needs five new department heads in Gujarat

Vol 17, PW 18 (24 Apr 14) People & Policy

ONGC is on a frantic recruitment drive to replace five important heads of department in Gujarat who retire in the next six months.

“A retirement is scheduled almost every month till September,” complains a senior ONGC source. CVs have been received from 130 general managers and group general managers hoping to replace the heads of the Ankleshwar, Ahmedabad and Mehsana assets, the Cambay sub-asset and the 40m cm/d capacity Hazira gas processing complex.

Interviews are underway in Mumbai and Delhi since April 1 with results expected end-April. “Preference will go to candidates with a background in reservoir engineering and geosciences,” adds ONGC.

“They are better suited than drillers to manage mature Gujarat assets.” Ankleshwar, Ahmedabad and Mehsana together produce 92,000 b/d and 3.94m cm/d.

First to go is Ankleshwar asset manager Ashok Kumar Gupta who retires on April 30. Earlier the Mehsana asset manager, he became Ankleshwar asset chief in October 2010.

Ahmedabad asset manager Jaigopal Chaturvedi retires in June. Chaturvedi was earlier chief of new and marginal field development at Mumbai.

Hazira gas processing complex head T. Krishnamurthy also retires in June and retiring in September is JP Lohiya, head of the Cambay sub-asset, housing one of India’s oldest wells, Lunej#1, spud on July 25, 1958.

The boss of ONGC’s Mehsana asset SK Gupta will also retire in September.

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