Deen Dayal challenge for Ganga Ram Aloria

Vol 18, PW 25 (13 Aug 15) People & Policy

GSPC's new chairman Ganga Ram Aloria has barely a year to prove himself by overcoming challenges springing up at the company's Deen Dayal West gasfield.

Aloria, appointed Gujarat chief secretary on May 31, was announced as GSPC chairman on July 28. But he retires in less than a year, on July 31, 2016.

Speaking to PETROWATCH at his Block 1 Sachivalaya office, Aloria said: "I am new to GSPC. Give me some time to understand all the group companies and then I can talk about the future." Gandhinagar sources say Aloria needs to move fast at Deen Dayal West where GSPC is hoping to ramp up production from 710,000 cm/d to commercial levels of 2.32m cm/d by March 2016.

"Deen Dayal West is the most difficult offshore field in India," claims a GSPC source. "It is a HP/HT (high pressure/ high temperature field) with complications and high levels of hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide.

There is heavy corrosion of pipes." Besides heading GSPC, Aloria will also be chairman of GSPC LNG, a joint venture between GSPC (50%) and Ahmedabad-based Adani Group (25%) which is setting up a 5m t/y LNG terminal at Mundra. He also heads stock market listed gas retailer Gujarat Gas, set up in May following the merger of GSPC Gas with former BG retailer Gujarat Gas.

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