|MD OVL Visits Sudan, New Delhi|
17 June, 2003
OVL assumed management and responsibility of its share in the GNOPC on the conclusion of the Transition agreement on 12th June, 2003. OVL has now completely taken over the available positions in the consortium, with the departure of Talisman’s last employee, who left Khartoum on 13th June, 2003.
Managing Director, ONGC Videsh, Mr. Atul Chandra, visited Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, and the oil fields in the southern part of the country to assess the progress and competence of the deputed employees. Mr. Chandra also thanked the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Sudan and the Chinese, Malaysians and Sudanese partners of the Greater Nile Oil Project on this occasion.
The smooth transition of ONGC Videsh team in Sudan has received compliments from the GNOPC partners and the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Some of the ONGC Videsh secondees have also received compliments for their outstanding contribution to the consortium. OVL has already drawn the inputs to achieve a 300,000 barrels per day production during the next year and actions are in hand to provide important and timely contribution. The testing of nine planned objects has also led to a significant discovery crude oil flows from the three out of four objects.
Mr. Atul Chandra with OVL Secondees at Heglig Base Camp on 14 June 2003.
ONGC Videsh has also drawn up plans for undertaking Community Development Work in Sudan to strengthen long-term relations between the two countries, as Sudan has a large presence of residents of Indian origin.
Mr. Atul Chandra at Rubkona Clinic, Sudan
A Dinner to commemorate the conclusion of the Transition was also hosted by ONGC Videsh on the occasion, which was presided over by the Energy Minister of Sudan. Indian Ambassador to Sudan, senior officials of the Ministry of Energy & Mines, senior partners of GNOPC were also present at the dinner. The Minister of Energy complimented ONGC Videsh and welcomed them to take more projects in Sudan, while offering their full cooperation.