Reliance tries to recruit senior ONGC official

Vol 5, PW 16 (26 Sep 01) People & Policy

As Reliance struggles to start its ambitious 31-well drilling programme we hear the Mumbai-based corporate is assiduously trying to poach senior ONGC staffer D.

D Jajoo, who is now general manager drilling in Mumbai with the Mumbai Regional Business Centre. Two separate, yet unconnected sources, one within ONGC and the other in Reliance, swear by this story.

From Reliance we hear that Jajoo is being tipped to take charge as vice-president drilling and that a remuneration package is currently being discussed. But Jajoo denies all knowledge of this.

"This is not at all true," he tells Petrowatch. "Reliance approached me two or three years ago, but nothing came of it.

If there is anything going on now, I have no feedback. I am staying where I am." Separately, we learn Reliance is negotiating for at least one and possibly three jack up rigs with Marine Drilling, Transocean SedcoForex and Atwood Drilling.

We also learnt Reliance has contracted with Western Geco (a Schlumberger associate company) to carry out a 3D seismic survey in its eastern India offshore blocks. Survey ship Geco Eagle - believed to be the most modern and largest of its kind with 20 streamers has docked into Chennai and began work this month (September).

We are told the Scheduled completion date is mid-November. On 21st September Reliance floated tenders for wireline logging, testing services and other oilfield services.