Pink slip for 21 young GSPC engineers

Vol 20, PW 24 (24 Aug 17) News in Brief

For GSPC employees, especially young engineers, dark days lie ahead following ONGC's acquisition of 80% at KG-OSN-2001/3.

In a long-anticipated move, GSPC on August 19 sent contract termination letters to 21 employees with a three-month notice period. Most were young drilling engineers working in hostile conditions at the offshore PLQP (process-cum-living quarters platform).

Two of the unlucky engineers were gold medal students from the Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University. When contacted a GSPC source confessed that it no longer has any offshore activity and there is "nowhere these people can be accommodated." He adds ONGC and GSPC have different recruitment criteria so absorbing them into ONGC was not an option.

Next in line are GSPC employees at the Mallavaram Onshore Gas Terminal and the Gandhinagar Real Time Operating Centre who fear they too might lose their jobs soon as ONGC begins to deploy its own workers to man the Deen Dayal West field operations. On August 3, GSPC received full and final payment of $1.19bn from ONGC, closing the stake sale.

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