Petroleum Ministry Additional Secretary lauds ONGCians’ commitment in meeting national energy needs

In a whirlwind tour to Mumbai Offshore, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas Rajesh Aggarwal evinced keen interest in understanding various aspects of offshore operations of the Energy Maharatna. Mr Aggarwal was highly appreciative of the expanse of ONGC’s operations and the commitment of the ONGCians towards ensuring the nation’s energy security.

Mr Aggarwal, who is also the Government Nominee Director on the Board of ONGC, visited Mumbai Offshore on 9 January 2021. During the tour, he visited B-193 process platform, followed by drilling rig Discovery 1 and FPSO. He was accompanied by ED-Chief Drilling Services Arun Jaiswal, ED-Asset Manager Mumbai High asset K S Pandey and senior executives from ONGC.

Rajesh Aggarwal during his interactions with ONGC senior executives
Rajesh Aggarwal during his interactions with ONGC senior executives

Interacting at length with the senior executives at B-93, Mr Rajesh Aggarwal was explained in details on how platforms are installed in the high seas and the various steps to ensure the stability of these superstructures.

He was also briefed about the design highlights of B-193.  He was highly appreciative of how ONGC is one of the few companies in the world to sweeten sour gas in the process platform itself. He showed keen interest in understanding the processes involved and the challenges therein and the safety measures in place.

Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser of MoPNG Rajesh Aggarwal speaking on the occasion
Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser of MoPNG Rajesh Aggarwal speaking on the occasion

Speaking on the occasion, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser MoPNG Rajesh Aggarwal said that ONGC was at one time the most valuable company in the country. At present also, it still is in the top five, which is a matter of pride for everyone.

He further said that world economy has undergone a change post Covid and no one really knows the dynamics which will come into play.  He mentioned that many countries have announced that from 2030 there would be no sale of vehicles operating on petrol and diesel, which might put pressure on ONGC and OIL to a lesser extent.

Mr Aggarwal also mentioned that the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which visited BPA platform on 29 December 2020, was highly appreciative of ONGC’s role in ensuring India’s energy security. He noted that ONGC should also be prepared for the various new security threats which are coming up. He hoped that changes in gas pricing would make it more viable and keep ONGC among the most valuable companies in the country.

ED – Asset Manager MH Asset K S Pandey explaining various aspects of ONGC operations
ED – Asset Manager MH Asset K S Pandey explaining various aspects of ONGC operations

Earlier, Mr Rajesh Aggarwal evinced keen interest to understand the safety measures in place and how ONGCians are trained. ED – Asset Manager MH Asset K S Pandey explained that safety is accorded top priority and also shared the various mandatory trainings which every ONGCian posted in offshore has to undergo, such as HUET, Survival at Sea, Fire Fighting, etc. He also added that safety training and safety measures in place gives one confidence to handle the diverse offshore operations.

Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to the process area and control room
Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to the process area and control room

A presentation on ONGC’s activities in Western Offshore Unit was made by CGM (P) N Chandrasekharan.

Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser of MoPNG asked about the impact of fluctuating oil and gas prices on ONGC’s production. It was explained that while ONGC continues to operate its producing wells in spite of fluctuating prices, impact is seen on the viability of putting discoveries to production.

The security of the offshore platforms was also discussed in detail. It was explained to Mr Aggarwal that these is no inbuilt defence capability in the offshore installations of ONGC and security cover for these assets are provided by Indian Navy and Coast Guard.

CDS Arun Jaiswal explaining different aspects of drilling operations
CDS Arun Jaiswal explaining different aspects of drilling operations

In the second leg of his tour, Mr Aggarwal visited drilling rig Discovery 1, a new generation self-elevating jack up rig, which was deputed for work over operations near unmanned platform B-179. ED – CDS Arun Jaiswal explained the various types of rigs and drilling operations. He also shared how hires drilling rigs based on the requirement of its operations.

Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to rig Discovery -1
Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to rig Discovery -1

Mr Aggarwal was curious about how drilling tackles challenges during the operations, how productivity of rigs are maintained and monitored, how hired rigs are paid, etc. Chief Drilling Services also explained the challenges of drilling in deep and ultra-deep water depths.

Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to FPSO Armada sterling
Glimpses of the visit of Rajesh Aggarwal to FPSO Armada sterling

In the final leg of the tour, he visited FPSO Armada Sterling in D1 field. He showed keen interest in understanding the operations of FPSO, how it is connected to unmanned platforms, the water depths in which it can operate and the cost benefit analysis of an FPSO vis-a-vis a Platform, etc. He was shown the turret, the crucial part of an FPSO which maintains its dynamic positioning.

Comments of Rajesh Aggarwal in the Visitor’s Book at B-193
Comments of Rajesh Aggarwal in the Visitor’s Book at B-193