Sarraf and Chandra share Shashi's work

Vol 18, PW 14 (12 Mar 15) News in Brief

ONGC’s Mumbai-based chief of drilling services Avinash Chandra and ONGC chairman DK Sarraf are sharing the director technology & field services role ever since Shashi Shanker was suspended on February 24.

Their work includes overseeing the hiring of rigs, approving EPC projects, and bringing in new technology. “Chandra now divides his time between Mumbai and Delhi,” says a source.

Chandra, 58, has been with ONGC since 1980 and was appointed drilling chief in May 2014. Executive director VP Mahawar meanwhile took charge on March 9 as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) so he can seamlessly take over as director onshore when Ashok Varma retires on August 1.

Mahawar won anti-corruption clearance on February 6 and awaits clearance from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). On February 27, AK Dwivedi took charge as OSD before taking over as ONGC director exploration.

He too received anti-corruption clearance on January 29 and awaits ACC approval.