Two shortlisted to replace B.B Sharma at Oil India

Vol 5, PW 24 (30 Jan 02) News in Brief

Raj Dutta, managing director of BPCL owned Numaligarh Refineries in Assam and A.

K Mehra, a general manager at ONGC, have been shortlisted to replace outgoing Oil India chairman B.B Sharma, who retires on 31st May.

Dutta is widely tipped to win the job. He is Assamese, has oil industry experience, but has never been with Oil India - vital qualifications! He is also credited with setting up and running the 3m t/y Numaligarh Refineries in a hostile environment of tribal insurgency.

Numaligarh began production in October 2000 and is considered the best-run refinery in India after Reliance's 27m t/y plant at Jamnagar. Interviews were held on 23rd January.