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CMD unveiling the plaque to mark laying of foundation stone of Remodelled Green Building
CMD unveiling the plaque to mark laying of foundation stone of Remodelled Green Building

ONGC CMD Mr Shashi Shanker laid foundation stone of the long-dreamt Green Building (Remodelled) at MBA Basin, Kolkata on 20 December 2020. On his visit to the nation’s eighth producing Basin, Mr Shanker shared his nostalgic thoughts on the Basin, mentioning that he started his career at the energy major from Kolkata.

CMD also exhorted energy soldiers at the Basin to stay over-vigilant and follow the protective guidelines to stay safe and keep their near ones safe from the ongoing pandemic. Mr Shanker had one-to-one interactions with all executives at the Basin and keenly addressed all queries and concerns.

Green Building Project Team interacting with CMD
Green Building Project Team interacting with CMD

Mr Shashi Shanker’s visit to Kolkata coincided with the visit of Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Mr Dharmendra Pradhan’s visit to dedicate the Bengal Basin to the nation. This comes in the backdrop of ONGC taking a major step by commencing oil production from the well Asokenagar-1, Bengal Basin in 24 Paragana district.

CMD and Directors encouraged Team-MBA Basin with ideas on the way forward for the Basin
CMD and Directors encouraged Team-MBA Basin with ideas on the way forward for the Basin

The long-envisaged dream of having a separate office-building for MBA Basin has been envisioned in four major stages viz. construction of sub-structure, construction of super-structure, loose furniture and landscaping. The redesigned building has an 18000 sq metre basement and a 12500 sq metre superstructure (for expected occupancy of 400 persons) with future expansion provision of another 18500 sq metre. The project is expected to cost around Rs 185 crores with a timeline of 36 months.

The Green Building Project promises to be a major milestone in the saga of one of the first work centers of ONGC. Ever since the path-breaking discovery at Asokenagar, there has been a steady uptick in the activities of MBA Basin as it slowly but surely lines up for a major takeoff.

CMD planting a sapling at GBP site
CMD planting a sapling at GBP site

During the laying of the foundation stone, CMD was accompanied by Director (Exploration) Mr R K Srivastava and Director (Onshore) Mr Anurag Sharma. Saplings were planted at GBP site by CMD, Directors and ED Basin Manager to mark the occasion.

Director (Exploration) and Director (Onshore) planting saplings at the GBP site
Director (Exploration) and Director (Onshore) planting saplings at the GBP site

Mr Srivastava expressed his optimism over the Basin being an asset to the nation in light of the starting of early-monetization of the Asokenagar well. He further asserted that the new Green Building at the Basin will work as a booster to the operations. Director (Onshore) MR Anurag Sharma further noted that the production and monetization of oil and gas from Asokenagar discovery will now make the Basin an Asset for the Maharatna.

CMD interacting with Team- MBA Basin during the occasion
CMD interacting with Team- MBA Basin during the occasion

Preliminary images of the proposed Super Structure after Phase-1
Preliminary images of the proposed Super Structure after Phase-1