ONGC and Oil India deny Assam move

Vol 12, PW 9 (18 Sep 08) News in Brief

ONGC and Oil India have strongly denied plans to shift their offices out of the troubled northeastern state of Assam.

Local newspapers report that PM Manmohan Singh, a member of India’s upper house of parliament from Assam, has approved moves to shift Oil India’s HQ from Duliajan to Noida outside Delhi and ONGC’s regional HQ from Nazira to Kolkata in West Bengal. The rumours fanned local tempers, forcing the companies to respond.

ONGC spokeswoman Chitralee Goswami tells PETROWATCH the reports are, “fake and utter nonsense. Nobody is moving out of Assam." Oil India spokesman Dipti Khound said: “Our HQ will stay in Duliajan.

â€‌ Local communist leaders in Assam are believed to have started the rumours – the latest trouble facing the companies. ONGC was earlier forced to deny it drilled close to the Rong Ghar ancient palace while Oil India has aborted plans to drill in the Brahmaputra River bed after separatist threats.