Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)’s projects and strategies towards advancement of exploration and production of oil and gas has got recognized yet again. The Maharatna was conferred with the best Project Management Company of the year, by the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI).
The recognition came in the backdrop of ONGC’s excellence in execution and implementation of the Neelam Redevelopment Project (NRDP). ONGC CMD Shashi Shanker and Director (Offshore) Rajesh Kakkar received the award on behalf of ONGC from the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on 27 January 2021 in New Delhi.
ONGCian Sayanima Kisku – Manager (Reservoir) posted at ONGC’s Neelam Asset – got honored with the Young Achiever of the year (Female) in Oil & Gas Industry for her contributions in path-breaking work related to sub-surface geoscience showing confident professionalism, courage, grit and determination.
The competition this time was severe, as 20 per cent more applications were judged by a distinguished jury vis-à-vis the year before (2019). The jury had a number of reputed names like former Petroleum Secretary G C Chaturvedi, former Indian Oil Chief Sarthak Behuria, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Chairman of Rajiv Gandhi Science & Technology Commission Dr Anil Kakodkar, noted scientist Dr R A Mashelkar, former CMD GAIL Dr CR Prasad, former Chairman of IOCL MA Pathan, former ONGC Chairman RS Sharma, etc.
ONGC subsidiary Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited also clinched the FIPI 2021 Award for the best Oil Marketing Company of the Year. The recognition came in HPCL’s contribution towards marketing oil & gas even during the toughest times of the pandemic.
This year, the FIPI Oil & Gas Awards was organized in hybrid mode following all COVID-19 prevention protocols on 27 January 2020. The event was graced by the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, Secretary MoPNG Tarun Kapoor, Chairman FIPI & Director (Refineries) of IOCL SM Vaidya, ONGC CMD and co-Chairman of Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) Shashi Shanker and Director General of FIPI RK Malhotra. Though the members of the physical award ceremony were kept restricted due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 500 participants from the industry joined the event virtually from across the country.
Addressing the august gathering of industry leaders after handing over the awards in 20 categories, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan lauded ONGC’s latest implementation of 74 Solar Chulhas in a village at the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. Noting that the energy future of the country depends on sustainable and renewable forms of energy, Mr Pradhan appreciated ONGC CSR initiative in implanting solar cookers in the village households – an unprecedented move towards leveraging sustainable energy resources with environmental-friendliness.
The Minister noted that the country should lead towards a path where the idea of petroleum industry gets transformed to a clean and green energy industry. Mr Pradhan appreciated the Oil & Gas sector for navigating through the turbulent times of the pandemic crisis, being a capital-spending sector and a major contributor towards the nation’s economy.
“Looking forward, we need to figure out a sustainable way ahead. Despite all hazards, we are in competition with the world’s advanced countries through our innovations, Research & Development, creative outlook, etc. India is also leading in the United Nation’s Climate Change Reports; Oil & Gas sector being the major contributor through initiatives like LPG penetration, sustainability, etc.,” added Mr Pradhan.
Petroleum Minister also cited the nation’s advancement in Ethanol bio-energy, and asserted that by 2024-25 India will achieve 20% of ethanol blending, being the top nation in the world in that field. “In next few years, India can be the global leader in ethanol blending, leading towards a clean energy future. In the next two decades our clean energy models can be an example to the world. The young awardees of today’s event can fuel the country to those heights.”
Earlier, delivering the opening remarks, MoPNG Secretry Tarun Kapoor elaborated on how the oil & gas sector has major impact on the country’s economy and the aspirations of the common people. However, he noted that the citizens of the nation, alike others in the world, is also concerned about the quality of the energy. “The industry should focus on cleaner sources of energy. We need to look forward for a future in sustainable energy mediums like hydrocarbon, bio-fuel and coal gasification.”
Appreciating the initiatives of FIPI towards motivating and recognizing the efforts in the Oil & Gas sector, Mr Kapoor stated that more analysis of data and discussions should be held on the policies and reforms, how much the industry can deliver, and what support the industry needs from the government policies.
The event concluded with a Vote of Thanks from Director General of FIPI RK Malhotra.