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‘From Bottom-of-the-Barrel to Bottomless Refineries’
It is certainly an age of transformation for refining industry. The line between refining and downstream petrochemical industry is diluting, and there in an increased focus on improving the Gross Refinery Margins (GRM). Refiners today want to move from bottom-of-the-barrel to bottomless refineries by investing in gasification projects, says Anil Kumar Sarin, Managing Director, CB&I. In an exclusive interview with Mittravinda Ranjan, he further talks about the latest trends and technologies, future challenges for refiners, exploring the coal resources, etc. Sarin provides in-depth insights into the Gas-to-Liquid and Coal-to-Liquid technologies, and elucidates how India can make the most of the new methods.
- Anil Kumar Sarin,
Managing Director, CB&I
‘The enormity of GGSR leverages the proximity of petroleum products in the Northern parts of India’
Rationale behind the commissioned of 9-MMTPA Guru Gobind Singh Refinery (GGSR) operates by HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL) at Bathinda in Punjab is to leverage the proximity of the deficit in petroleum products in the Northern parts of the country. Prabh Das, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, HMEL, Bathinda, talks about the opportunities & challenges and the future trends of refinery businesses in the country in an exclusive interview with Offshore World. He further articulates the expansion plans, new product mixes, marketing & distribution strategy, and the future refinery configuration of GGSR.
Prabh Das
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, HMEL, Bathinda
‘Consistent Delivery of Performance and Excellence’
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) - World’s No. 3 exploration & production company (Platts 2013) - under the leadership of its Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Vasudeva has undergone a sea change and witnessed radical changes, giving boost to hydrocarbon landscape of the country. While going down the memory lane, he says that there have been countless moments of highs and lows through his eventful journey. For him, as a production engineer, completing a large offshore project or even witnessing any well starting production of oil has always been the ultimate professional kick. Acquiring MRPL in 2003 or receiving the first parcel of Sudanese crude are some of the special moments in his career.
Sudhir Vasudeva
Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC
‘Striking the Goal of 21 MMTPA Capacity by 2021’
MRPL, a subsidiary of ONGC, is a state-of-the-art grassroots refinery located in Mangalore. The refinery has got a versatile design with high flexibility to process crudes of various API and with high degree of automation. P P Upadhya, Managing Director, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), talks to Offshore World about the refinery’s expansion plans, its profit margins and many more. Excerpts:
P P Upadhya
Managing Director, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL)
‘Taking a Toll on Recoveries’
Geopolitical issues and political unrest are giving a run to oil companies for their recoveries. This interview summarises impasse between Sudan and South Sudan, political disturbances in Syria, challenges arising out of such situations during overseas assets acquisition in these countries and future plans. Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC, exclusively talks to Offshore World about the geopolitical issues faced by ONGC, challenges during acquisition of the assets and future plans in such situations. Excerpts:
Sudhir Vasudeva
Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC
‘India can not afford to lose 4 per cent of GDP to corrosion’
Demand for stainless steel for the entire Hydrocarbon spectrum, ranging from onshore to offshore, has been growing as requirements on high-end materials of construction used in hydrocarbon exploration and processing are increasing. Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Country Head, Outokumpu India Pvt Ltd, details about the manifold applications for stainless steels and high performance alloys across the whole hydrocarbon value chain with an exclusive talk with Offshore World.
Yatinder Pal Singh Suri
Country Head, Outokumpu India Pvt Ltd
"We aim for projects worth USD 1 bn"
Two years back, EPL split the company into six SBUs with the clear cut objective to unlock the value and true business potential across the boundaries. EPL’s Hydrocarbon SBU’s current order book stands at around USD 4.1 billion. Amit Gupta, CEO, EPL - Hydrocarbon SBU has set the target to reach USD 1 billion during the current fiscal with USD 500 million coming in from the Indian market.
Amit Gupta
CEO, EPL - Hydrocarbon SBU
" Gas price hike will augment production "
Oil India Limited (OIL) is one of the domestic E&P players in the upstream sector. The depreciation of rupee against the dollar is going to work out favorably for upstream companies. The doubling of gas prices from USD 4.2 per mmbtu to USD 8.4 per mmbtu will bring improvements in margins of OIL.
T K Ananth Kumar
Director (Finance)
Oil India Ltd
"Coalescing Technology: An Overview"
Coalescing is one of the separation technique used worldwide by the process industry for liquid-liquid and liquidgas separation. This technique involves coalescing of small particles or droplets into larger ones by means of barrier or electrical energy. It is one of the most cost effective methods used today as compared to salt driers, settlers or thermal / vacuum separators.
Nitin Nageshwar
CEO, YoKu Consultants and YoKu Filters
New Wine in Old Bottles
Seismic studies form the backbone of any exploration activity. It provides the image for the potential hydrocarbon resources. Dr Rabi Bastia, President, Oilmax Energy, talks to Mittravinda Ranjan & Supriya Oundhakar about the importance of seismic surveys, shale gas and CBM developments in India and more.
- Dr Rabi Bastia
President, Oilmax Energy
How best to repair the world’s aging pipelines?
There is no escaping the fact that many of the subsea pipelines around the world are reaching the end of their natural life. Indeed, some are probably already working beyond this point. The majority were brought in to service in the 1970s in places like Europe's North Sea and the ‘Mumbai High’ fields in India, and as such will need more rigorous maintenance in the coming years.
- Paul Hughes
Global Subsea Market Leader Hydratight
"Unconventional hydrocarbons can play a big role in securing India's energy security"
The unconventional hydrocarbon resource CBM (Coal Bed Methane) can play a complimentary role in meeting energy needs in India. CBM availability is marginal as of now, compared with the total energy demand in the country, says Prashant Modi, Managing Director, Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd (GEECL). The awareness of gas use as an alternative to using costly and dirty fuels is low in the country, and Modi sees this as a challenge.
- Prashant Modi
M D, Great Eastern Energy Corporation Ltd
Drilling the Impossible into Possible Across the Local Boundaries
It is known fact that there has been tremendous turmoil in the oil and gas sector the world over in the past few years, where the fluctuations in the crude prices have been all time high and the geopolitical issues have been on the rise, affecting the charter rates for rigs.
- Raghav Jindal
Shale Gas - The Indian Story
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Conoco-Phillips to launch a joint venture pilot project to explore the viability of shale gas resources in the country. In an exclusive column for CEW, Sudhir Vasudeva, Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC, explains why monetising shale gas assets remains a challenge in the country, the factors that need to be addressed, shale gas policy and more.
- Sudhir Vasudeva
Chairman & Managing Director
Royalty and Tax Model - A Win-Win Situation for the Government and Investors
Exploration and Production licensing models have their own pros and cons, says Anupam Mathur, Executive Director and CEO, Tata Petrodyne Limited. Royalty and tax model is currently being adopted by many countries successfully for the model has its own advantages. With the increase in production, there is a built in incentive for both the government and the investors. The government is spared the botheration of keeping track of cost recovery, and the investors are relieved from following the cumbersome prescribed Government processes and seeking large number of approvals.
Anupam Mathur
Executive Director and CEO,
Tata Petrodyne Limited
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