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Oil and Minerals, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Cylinders at your doorstep

at your doorstep(TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: Besieged by complaints from homemakers and
senior citizens who usually queue up for hours for an LPG cylinder, Indian Oil
Corporation (Assam oil division) has come up with an idea which may end the
citizens’ ordeal. IOC is planning to inform the customers over phone the date
and time of cylinder delivery at the doorstep in the greater Guwahati areas thus
putting an end to the serpentine queues. Ashim Kumar Kalita, chief LPG manager
(sales) said IOC wants to do away with the system of spot delivery of LPG
cylinders. He said the IOC has been receiving complaints from women and senior
citizens, who face a tough time queuing up in front of the gas agency’s office
for the cylinders. The city needs over 26 lakh LPG cylinders every month. “Once
the project is functional, customers will be informed about the delivery of
their cylinders. To implement the project, the IOC is installing software called
Indsoft in all its distribution agencies. The software has already been
installed in IOC-authorised LPG distribution agencies on RG Baruah Road and
Maligaon. The rest of the distribution agencies will be covered under the
project within March 31,” Kalita said. The IOC has started a drive
to collect phone numbers and addresses of the LPG cardholders. Phone numbers
will be incorporated into the software. The software will help the distribution
agencies obtain online information about the IOC and the LPG bottling plant.
Once the cylinders are delivered from the bottling plants the distributing
agencies will immediately be informed. The agencies will accordingly bring out
the list of customers and send the details about the cylinder delivery.


Oil major
to explore Mizoram(TEL_7_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 6: Oil India Limited (OIL) will carry
out a seismic survey in Mizoram as part of its expansion plans in its golden
jubilee year.“Mizoram has good gas potential, but we will have to drill to
explore it,” OIL chairman and managing director M.R. Pasrija said here last
evening. The company will undertake the survey in block MZ-ONN-2004/1 which was
awarded to it under the sixth round of the New Exploration Licensing Policy. The
oil giant, which was incorporated on February 18, 1959, will step into its
golden jubilee this year this month.


scrutiny of uranium mining plan (TEL_8_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 7: The newly elected chief executive
member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has said the
uranium mining project would be subjected to a fresh scrutiny before it is
allowed to begin. Speaking to The Telegraph, C.B. Syiem said his
predecessor H.S. Shylla never consulted the executive committee, the decision
making body of KHADC, on the project. The construction of Mawthabah Road in the
West Khasi Hills to facilitate uranium mining was the centre of a controversy
with the CBI probing the alleged irregularities in the construction of the road.
Shylla initiated the road construction and was determined to allow Uranium
Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) to mine uranium in the state. However, Syiem
said he would cooperate with the CBI to find out the anomalies in the
construction of the road project.


say no to mining(TEL_10_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb.12: Barring the Congress, other
political parties who took part in an all-party meeting today convened by the
Khasi Students Union (KSU) have endorsed the view of the union to oppose uranium
mining in Meghalaya.The political parties, which include the NCP, BJP, Khun
Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and Hill State People’s Democratic
Party, sent their representatives to voice their opinions on uranium mining.
United Democratic Party (UDP) spokesman Bindo Lanong sent a letter addressed to
the KSU expressing their inability to attend the meeting but endorsed the stand
of the KSU on the issue of mining. MDP also could not send their representative,
as they were busy with the elections. However in their manifesto, the party has
opposed uranium mining in the state.


‘Historical’ tag on OIL well(TEL_19_2_K8)

Dibrugarh/Guwahati, Feb. 18: Assam chief minister
Tarun Gogoi today urged petroleum giant Oil India Limited to lay more stress on
its corporate social responsibility in its operational areas and declared
Naharkatia Block-1, OIL’s oldest well, “a historical well”. He was
speaking on the occasion of the oil major’s golden jubilee celebration at
Naharkatia Block-1 in South Bank.


Ashok Anand takes over as OIL Director (HR & BD)

(SEN, 10-2-08)

From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 9: Ashok Anand, Group General Manager (Human Resource &
Administration), Oil India Limited has taken over as the Director (HR & BD) of
the company from February 1. Ashok began his career in OIL in 1974 as Senior
Administrative Officer. He was posted at the Company’s offices in the North-east
and also worked in New Delhi.


Cracker Project will be a boon for North-east’(SEN, 17-2-08)

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 16: Laying emphasis on the tremendous employment potential once the
gas cracker project goes on steam, the Minister of State for Chemicals and
Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, BK Handique, said that more than one lakh
jobs would be generated in the downstream projects.

Shoulder greater social responsibility: Gogoi to OIL on its golden jubilee(SEN,

 TINSUKIA, Feb 18: Asom
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led the State in commemorating the role of OIL by
visiting the first oil-producing well of independent India at Naharkatiya this
morning, and dedicated the well as a “National Heritage Site”. The second
largest exploration and production company in the hydrocarbon sector of the
country, Oil India Limited (OIL) completed 50 years today. OIL produces 10 per
cent and seven per cent of the country’s total crude oil and natural gas
respectively. …more..

office ready to be shifted to Assam(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Even as all
preparations have been made to shift the Imphal office of the IOC (Marketing
Division) to Assam, the State Government has been caught unaware of the whole
arrangement. The divisional office of IOC opened at Imphal was the second in the
whole North East region only after the one at Assam .
At times of bandhs, blockades and general strikes which occur more often than
not, the divisional office used to tackle the problems of fuel shortage from
time to time in consultation with the State Government.

India poised for massive growth(AST_7_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – Oil
India Limited (OIL) is now poised to play a crucial role in ensuring India’s
energy sector, while at the same time carving out a strong international
presence. The twin goals would be achieved by a synergy of technological
improvement and strategic partnerships with global counterparts, and buoyed by
fund infusion. …more..

Trucks laden with illegal coal
GOLAGHAT, Feb 6 – The Kamargaon police seized 110 tons of illegal coal on
February 3 at Numaligarh brick field. The coal trader Binod Agrawalla and the
proprietor of the brick field Mithu Agrawalla managed to escape, the police
sources said. …more..

Petrol tanker drivers strike(AST_17_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 16 – The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union
sponsored indefinite strike entered third day today.
The drivers have gone on strike since February 13 demanding the transfer of two
Indian Oil Corporation officials for their alleged ‘illegal harassment to the
innocent drivers’. …more..

Naharkatia oil well gets
heritage status(AST_19_2_K8)

From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 18 – The Naharkatia oil well No.1 of Oil India Limited (OIL),
situated on the south bank of river Buri Dehing 5 km from here, was declared a
heritage well today by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in a function coinciding with
the OIL’s golden jubilee celebrations. Commending OIL for its proactive business
activities and describing the occasion as momentous, the Chief Minister said he
appreciates the corporate social responsibility programme of the company, but
hoped that this would be taken further to reach out to more and more people.

Oil jubilee gets under

By Ron Duarah
 DULIAJAN, Feb 18 – Oil India Limited (OIL) is celebrating its golden jubilee
with a year long programme from today. The festivities were formally inaugurated
by the Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinshaw Patel at
the Bihutoli grounds here this evening. Adding glitter to the occasion was Union
Minister for Rural Development and DoNER, Mani Shanker Aiyer.

3 in fray for OIL CMD

By Ron Duarah
 DIBRUGARH, Feb. 22 – As the race for the post of Chairman and Managing Director
of public sector “Schedule A” petroleum upstream company Oil India Limited (OIL)
gains momentum, it is gathered from highly placed sources that three persons
have formally put in their applications. These three contenders are, Nayan Moni
Bora, TK Ananth Kumar and Ajit Kumar Hazarika. Bora is the director (operations)
of OIL, Kumar the director (finance) of the same company and Hazarika is
director (onshore) of ONGC Limited. Sources in New Delhi said another likely
candidate, VK Sibal, currently Director General of Hydrocarbon in the Ministry
of Petroleum & Natural Gas is yet to put in an application, and that he may not
go for the post of OIL CMD.

Ashok Anand new OIL HR

From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 9 – Sri Ashok Anand has taken over as the new Director (Human
Resource & Business Development) of Oil India Limited from February 1. Anand was
officiating as the Group General Manager (HR&A) of the PSU prior to his joining.
He started his career in OIL in 1974 as a Senior Adminisrative Officer and
during his three decades of service period has worked in different capacities in
HR group and served at both company’s operational areas in NE region of the
country and at corporate office, New Delhi.

NRL observes oil and gas
conservation fortnight
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Numaligarh Refinery Ltd observed ‘Oil & Gas
Conservation Fortnight-2008’ from January 16 to 31 in a befitting manner with a
programme involving a gamut of activities, a press release said.
A series of events marked the observance of the fortnight. The objective of the
fortnight was to generate awareness amongst employees in particular and
neighbouring people in general on the importance of conserving oil and gas and
other forms of energy. …more..

Petrol pumps observe bandh(AST_12_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 11 – Petrol pumps in Imphal city remained closed today
expressing their serious concern over the bomb attack at a fuel outlet here by
unknown armed men a few days back. The closure forced many private vehicles to
buy petrol and diesel from black marketeers.

Following TSE’s report, IOC office shift plan dropped
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Contrary to
the earlier apprehension, the Divisional Office of the Marketing Division of
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at Imphal is to stay here for long with the
question of shifting of the said office being dropped from the discussion during
the meeting of the Indian Oil Officers Association.

NGO urges IOC
to invest in sugar mills for ethanol
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The United Forum of Greater Noonmati Based Mass
Organisations, an umbrella of more than 60 organisations has demanded of the
Indian Oil Corporation to come to an understanding with the Government of Assam
to make investment in sugar mills located in the State for collection of
necessary ethanol. …more..

Fire breaks out at GGS(SEN_20_2_k8)

JOYSAGAR, Feb 19: A devastating fire broke out at the
ONGC’s Gas Gathering Station (GGS) No 1 at Galeky last evening and damaged
property worth crores of Rupees. The fire broke out due to electrical fault at
the GGS, sources said. …more..

IOC office

IMPHAL, Feb 19:Reacting to the report that preparations are being made to
shift the office of the Indian Oil Corporation (Marketing Division) from Imphal
to Assam, FCS Minister Y Erabot has clarified that although there is such a
proposal, no final decision has been taken.


fail, oil tanker drivers to further intensify strike (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: After the failure to bring about an
amicable solution on their strike, the striking All Manipur Petroleum Tanker
Drivers` Union today reaffirmed its demand and decided to further intensify the
Drivers of oil tankers have been on ceasework strike since February 12 demanding
transfer of depot manager, Amar Joti Bordoloi and supervisor, PC Kumar of the
Assam Oil Division, Sangakpham.

 AGCL’s gas
pricing under scanner(AST, 22-2-08)

From Raju Moni Gogoi
 DULIAJAN, Feb 21 – The reported selling of natural gas to the consumers by one
of the profit-making state PSU, Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) by allegedly
swapping the gas price and calorific value of natural gas of its producers has
come under the scanner of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Asserting that country’s natural gas price (based on 10,000 kilo calorie) is
under the purview of the Ministry, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry S
Sundareshan expressing concern as to how the State PSU is swapping gas price and
calorific value of its producers.

Oil transporters, drivers
tussle likely (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: With the striking All Manipur Petroleum
Tanker Drivers` Union adopted an uncompromising stance even as oil transporters
are facing a threat of termination of their contracts, a tussle between the two
appears to be on the cards.
Tanker owners who have a two year transport contract with the IOC (AOD) have
been asked to report at the IOC depot with their vehicles on Monday, failing
which the oil corporation has threatened to cancel their contracts, and they are
now scrambling to find alternative drivers for their tankers.

IOC threatens to cancel
contracts as oil tankers strike continues (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: There were no signs Saturday of the ongoing
indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers coming any closer to a resolution, even
as the situation grows more complicated with the Indian Oil Corporation, IOC,
holding out the threat of cancellation of oil transport contracts if the strike
The IOC (AOD), Imphal has issued instructions to all transporters who have
signed contracts with the corporation to report to the corporation at Imphal
along with their respective tankers whether loaded or empty on or before coming
Monday, warning bluntly that failure will result in cancellation of contract
with the corporation. …more..

 OIL’s year-long
golden jubilee prog begins today(SEN_18_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 17: The year-long golden jubilee celebrations
of Oil India Limited (OIL), one of the premier oil companies engaged in
exploration, production and transportation of crude oil and natural gas and a
Schedule A company, will start tomorrow at Duliajan.

OIL fully committed
to development of NE: CMD(SEN_16_2_k8)

jubilee celebrations from February 18

From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 14: Oil India Limited (OIL), one of the largest exploration and
production companies in the hydrocarbon sector in the country, which produces
around 10 per cent and seven per cent of the nation’s total crude oil and
natural gas, is all set to celebrate its golden jubilee with a year-long
programme starting from February 18.
The public sector undertaking (PSU), which started its operations on February
18, 1959, was transformed into a wholly-owned Government of India enterprise in
1981. The company has continued to pursue its goal of a global enterprise in its
core area of exploration, production and transportation of crude oil and natural
gas. …more..

Arson reply to OIL

Youths set
bus ablaze, damage car


Dibrugarh, Feb. 15: Arsonists suspected to be from a
youth organisation targeted two Oil India Ltd vehicles in Upper Assam since last
night in retaliation to the company’s alleged refusal to funnel a fraction of
its revenue into local development projects.

MDP opposes uranium mining

Shillong, Feb 2: Making Uranium mining issue as one of its poll planks, the
Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) today said it would urge the Union government
not to go ahead with its plan to mine the ore in the state.
Releasing its 25-point manifesto for the March 3
assembly polls, MDP president and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said
the party would ask the government to take people into confidence and ensure
that no damage was done to health, habitation and environment.


pumps shut to protest bomb attack, monetary demands (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Petrol black
marketeers had a field day on Monday following the closure of petrol pumps
across the state in protest against attacks on oil pumps by militants and huge
monetary demands made upon such pumps.
The closure of all oil filling stations in Manipur for the day was prompted by a
grenade attack upon the Tuks and Bon oil pump located at Hatta Minuthong in
Imphal on February 7 evening that caused some moderate damages at the oil

meet today on uranium mining (TEL_12_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 11:
The regional parties which will attend the uranium meet convened by the Khasi
Students’ Union (KSU) tomorrow have decided to oppose uranium mining in the
state. The KSU has convened the all-party meeting tomorrow to know political
parties’ opinion on the controversial issue before the March 3 Assembly polls.


Productivity Week gets under way at Guwahati Refinery
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Like previous years, the Productivity Week is being
observed at Guwahati Refinery from February 12 to 18 along with rest of the
country with this year’s theme ‘Productivity for Sustainable Development’.

Oil tanker drivers go on
indefinite strike; IOC, drivers point accusing fingers at one another

IMPHAL, Feb 12: Drivers of oil tankers responsible for
ferrying petroleum products into the state from outside have decided to go on
indefinute strike with immediate effect demanding the transfer of the IOC (AOD),
Manipur marketing officer Amarjyoti Bordoloi and supervisor PC Kumar.
This was announced by Y Bhupenchandra, president of the All Manipur Petroleum
Tankers Drivers Union Manipur, at a press conference, held today at Sangakpham.

Uranium mining: Parties
opt KSU line

SHILLONG, Feb 12: National and regional parties contesting
the March 3 Meghalaya Assembly polls toe the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) in
opposing the proposed Uranium Mining in West Khasi Hills district. The KSU
called an all-party meeting today to question the political parties’ stand on
the vexed uranium mining issue in West Khasi Hills district.
The BJP, NCP, UDP, KHNAM and the HSPDP attended the meeting. The UDP sent a
letter of support in the opposition to the proposed uranium mining, while the
Congress and the MDP abstain from the meeting.

Union Minister irked
over Gas Cracker delay(AST_14_2_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Feb 13 – Union Minister of State for Chemicals and
Fertilizers, Bijoy Krishna Handique today, repeatedly displayed his annoyance at
the sluggish pace of work on the coveted gas cracker project at Lepetkata here.
The Minister has been entrusted with the overall supervisory responsibility for
time bound implementation of the Rs 5,600 crore project by Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh, and Handique said he wants “action on the ground within this
month.” …more..

Oil India Limited to celebrate
golden jubilee
From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 13 – The second largest exploration and production company in the
hydrocarbon sector in the country, Oil India Limited, which produces 10 per cent
and 7 per cent of the nation’s total crude oil and natural gas respectively is
all set to celebrate its golden jubilee with a year-long programme from February
18, 2008 to February18, 2009.Incorporated on February 18, 1959 and transformed
into a wholly Government of India- owned enterprise in 1981, the PSU has taken
remarkable strides during the last five decades, both in its achievement as a
corporate entity as well as a responsible corporate, sensitive to its social
obligations and its growth in diverse fields. Briefing the local mediapersons on
Tuesday, the chairman and managing director, Mulk Raj Pasrija elaborated the
journey of the company during these last five decades and future strategies.

Oil vehicle torched(AST_14_2_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 13 – Unidentified miscreants torched a Mahindra DI vehicle of
the Oil India Limited (OIL), Duliajan near Kathaloni OCS under Tengakhat PS on
Monday. No casualty has been reported. Police investigation is on.


transporters go on strike; Petrol pump stocks likely to be exhausted in few days

IMPHAL, Feb 13: An indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers
commenced from today, raising the spectre of an artificial shortage of petroleum
products gripping the state.
The drivers, under the banner of the All Manipur Petroleum Tankers Drivers Union
Manipur have gone on strike demanding the transfer of two IOC officials whom
they claim have been making unfounded accusations against the drivers.
While not much panic buying of petrol and diesel could be seen at oil pumps, the
situation could become acute in the next few days if the strike continues.

Downstream industries of
gas cracker to create jobs: Handique
From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 13: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizer and
Parliamentary Affairs BK Handique today inaugurated a Small Industries
Development Bank of India (SIDBI)-sponsored rural industries programme at
Speaking on the occasion, Handique said that the main plant of the Gas Cracker
Project coming up at Lepetkata would require the services of highly educated

Industrial disaster
drill at Digboi Refinery
From our Correspondent
DIGBOI, Feb 28: The National Disaster Management Authority conducted an
Industrial disaster drill at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Assam Oil
division’s) at Digboi Refinery recently. The drill was conducted to test the
preparedness of the civil administration concerned in the event of a major
industrial disaster. …more..

Lafarge bags Mine
Safety Week Award(SHT_29_2_k8)

SHILLONG: Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt Ltd (LUMPL) has bagged the
prestigious Mine Safety Week Award from the Directorate General of Mine Safety
for complying with the highest safety standards prescribed by Government of
India. Lafarge has received this accolade for its mining operations at its
Nongtrai mines in Meghalaya.The award was presented to LUMPL at a formal
function held at Meghalaya Cement, Jowai on February 10 by Satish Puri, Deputy
Director General of Mines Safety, Government of India.

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