Ratnagiri seeks LNG plant advisors

Vol 12, PW 13 (13 Nov 08) News in Brief

Workers from state-owned NTPC and GAIL who are trying to bring the Dabhol LNG terminal at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra online by April next year could soon be joined by colleagues making more than triple their salary.

Ratnagiri Gas and Power says a newspaper advert on October 29 and 30 for an Advisor (Port Operations) is only the start of its hiring plans. “We need experienced people,â€‌ says the company.

NTPC and GAIL employees with Ratnagiri Gas on â€کdeputation’ earn around Rs5 lakhs ($11,000) a year at the high end. But the advisor post could pay as much as Rs20 lakhs ($44,000) a year for a candidate at least 45 years old with a decade of related experience and an engineering degree.

Dabhol’s LNG terminal is a legacy of the 2184-MW Dabhol Power plant built by now bankrupt Enron. New owners NTPC (28.33%), GAIL (28.33%), MSEB (15%), IDBI (10.65%), SBI (8.67%), ICICI Bank (7.14%) and Canara Bank (1.87%) are trying to revive the LNG receiving terminal.