The first PetroFed Oil & Gas Industry Awards in nine categories were given away by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri MurliDeora at a packed function at Mumbai on March 21, 2008 in the presence of Shri M. S. Srinivasan, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Congratulating the award winners the Hon’ble Union Minister complimented PetroFed for instituting the awards and their manner of independent evaluation which would spur healthy competition for the growth of the oil and gas industry. He urged all the oil and gas related industry segments to continue to perform better and participate enthusiastically in the forthcoming rounds.
The Petroleum Secretary, Shri M. S. Srinivasan, in his presidential address lauded the contribution of the oil industry in the growth of the economy. He said that as an apex industry federation, PetroFed has been playing a useful role till date in its interactions with various Ministries of Government and in bringing to the notice of the Ministry, issues concerning the efficient functioning of the hydrocarbon industry. The dependence, or to put it more strongly addiction, of the world to hydrocarbons will not disappear over the next 30-40 years, he said while adding that we have to use it in a responsible and efficient manner. The PetroFed award winners have been chosen after an extremely rigorous filtering procedure in a very competent fashion. The knowledge partner, he said has worked hard in going through an array of parameters overseen by an eminent jury. He complimented Indian companies on their improving physical performance and congratulating the award winners said that it should enthuse those who missed it today to perform better.
Welcoming invitees, the Chairman PetroFed and Chairman IndianOilShri S. Behuria said that these awards not only recognise and commend excellence but would go a long way in fostering superlative work in our industry to help us go ‘swifter, higher, stronger!’
The Vice Chairman, PetroFed, Shri P. Raghavendran, President – Refinery Business, RIL proposed a vote of thanks at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Earlier, Director General, PetroFed, Shri A. K. Arora had given a brief presentation on PetroFed and the Awards.
Announced in September 2007 after several months of intensive study and deliberations, first by member company and knowledge partner PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), then by an oil industry sub-committee and thereafter by an Awards Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI and former Secretary to the Government of India, the awards are carefully designed and validated to minimise subjectivity while giving benefit to applicants for additional initiatives taken. The other members of the Awards Committee are Shri S. K. Manglik, former CMD, ONGC; Shri P. P. Bagchi, former ED, Oil Coordination Committee and Managing Director, United Carbon (India) Limited; Shri P. K. Agarwal, Senior Fellow, TERI and former Director (Mktg.) and Director (HR) IndianOil and Shri U. K. Dikshit, Director (Programmes), SCOPE and former ED (HR), IndianOil.
The scheme of awards approved by the Governing Council of PetroFed is open to all companies operating in India in the oil and gas sector. Preliminary evaluation of all applications received by the closing date of November 30, 2007 was undertaken by our knowledge partner PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who assisted the Awards Committee in presenting the recommendations to the Jury for ratification.
The Jury is headed by Hon’ble Mr. Justice J. S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India. The other members of the Jury are Dr. Abid Hussain, former Ambassador to the United States of America and Shri Naresh Narad, Member, Public Enterprises Selection Board.
The evaluation was undertaken in line with pre-determined weightages assigned to various parameters fixed after due validation. The scheme envisages that no award can be given away in any category unless the prescribed minimum number of applications have been received.
Each award carries a trophy and a citation. The ‘Woman Executive of the Year’ award also carries a cash prize of Rs. 5-6 lakh with each member of the team getting Rs. 50,000/- or more.
Leading Oil & Gas Corporate of the Year
Indian Oil Corporation Limited
Exploration & Production - Company of the Year
Reliance Industries Ltd.
Refinery of the Year
Reliance Industries Ltd.
Oil & Gas Pipeline Transportation - Company of the Year
GAIL (India) Ltd.
Gujarat State Petronet Ltd.
Oil & Gas Marketing - Company of the Year
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Project Management (` 500-2000 crore) Company of the Year
Gujarat Refinery of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Project Management (above ` 2000 crore) Company of the Year
No award for lack of minimum number of entries.
Human Resources Management Company of the Year
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
Innovator of the Year – Individual
Naba Kumar Kalita, Master Technician, Guwahati Refinery, Indian Oil Corporation Limited.
Innovator of the Year – Team
Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R&D Centre
Team led by Dr. R. K. Malhotra, Executive Director. Team Members: Dr. K. P. Naithani, General Manager; Dr. V. K. Chhatwal, Deputy General Manager; T. L. Nanda, Deputy General Manager; Dr. S. S. V. Ramakumar, Chief Research Manager; D. Jain, Senior Research Manager; Reji Mathai, Research Manager; V. K. Bathla, Senior Research Officer and Neelam Agarwal, Research Chemist.
Woman Executive of the Year in Oil & Gas Industry
Vartika Shukla, Assistant General Manager, Engineers India Ltd.