RK Vij moves to brand new ONGC asset at Jorhat

Vol 19, PW 16 (21 Apr 16) People & Policy

No stranger to the northeast, Rakesh Kumar Vij will take charge on May 16 as the first manager and executive director of ONGC's new asset based out of the Jorhat district in Assam, where it has long had operations.

Vij, earlier Neelam and Heera offshore asset group general manager, moved to the Jorhat office on April 1 to take charge of around 700 staff working from the ONGC complex in Jorhat's Cinnamara area. Vij tells PETROWATCH his appointment is a great opportunity.

"As the Jorhat Asset's first manager," he says, "my priority is to turn around production." ONGC wants to increase production at eight fields under the 400-sq km Jorhat Asset which is carved out of the Assam Asset. These fields include Khoraghat where ONGC planned three development wells according to a EIA report published in July 2014; Nambar where it announced the Khoraghat#35 gas discovery in April 2015; Hazarigaon where it declared the Hazarigaon-1 gas discovery on February 15, 2009; Kasomarigaon where it plans four development wells and two exploration wells; and the Borholla oilfield where, interestingly, uranium traces have also been uncovered.

With this new asset the total number of ONGC assets in the northeast increases to three - Assam, Tripura and Jorhat - while the total number of onland assets increases from 10 to 11. From 2005-2008 Vij was ONGC's first sub-asset manager of the Geleki field in Assam.