Halliburton appeals against ONGC drill bits ban

Vol 22, PW 11 (21 Mar 19) People & Policy

Halliburton will have no choice but to endure a three-year ONGC ban on its drill bits business from June 25 (2018) until June 24 (2021) despite an impassioned plea for clemency from its India country manager Scott Cooper.

ONGC sources tell us senior management is unlikely to look favourably on a poorly written appeal from Cooper on January 29 (2019) to director (technical & field services) NC Pandey. In a shoddily drafted letter unworthy of a multinational like Halliburton, Cooper asks Pandey to relax the ban (imposed last year after allegations it misled ONGC in a 2015 tender) from three years to one.

He argues Halliburton has "consistently pleaded and stated that the error when submitting data for the said contract (for supplying premium drill bits) was a typo attributable to the individual who was submitting the tender at that time." He adds: "We at Halliburton have a very strong with high business policies (sic) and ethics and would never do anything of such nature intentionally.

This erroneous submission didn’t yielded (sic) any benefit whatsoever to us." Describing ONGC's decision as "extremely harsh" Cooper adds Halliburton is currently carrying out "many critical projects" for ONGC and this has led to "enormous cost saving."

Sadly for Cooper however, ONGC's drilling division bosses aren't listening. "No proposal has been moved to give any relief to Halliburton," reveals a source.

 "Nobody (at ONGC) is taking this (Halliburton) letter seriously."