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ONGC Director visits OVL’s Doha office
16 May, 2006

Dr A K Balyan, ONGC Director (HR) & Director-In-Charge, BD & JV, has visited Qatar to seek new business opportunities and investments for the ONGC Group of Companies. The visit assumes great significance as Qatar is trying to improve bilateral investment opportunities with India.

During his stay in Doha, Dr Balyan made a presentation to Dr Hussain Abdullah, Board Member (Executive) and other top officers of the Qatar Investment Authority on 12th June, 2006. This was followed by high level meeting with H. E. Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jassim Bin-Jaber Al-Thani, First Deputy Prime Minster and Foreign Minister in the Emiri Diwan.



Dr Balyan at OVL,Doha office with officers of OVL and ONGC

H E Dr. George Joseph, Ambassador of India to Qatar, accompanied the ONGC Group of Companies delegation to the meetings. The delegation, led by Dr. Balyan, included Dr C M Lamba, Director of ONGC NG BV, Mr. Ajeet Kumar Deshwal, Country Manager of ONGC Videsh Ltd, Qatar, and Mr. A G Pai, General Manager of MRPL.

To get a first hand assessment of the ongoing projects of OVL in Qatar, Dr Balyan visited OVL’s Doha office and reviewed the progress made on the Najwat Najem Oil Structure Project (NN Project). The NN Project is situated in Block 8, Offshore, Qatar, around 90 km from that country’s coast and at a water depth of 30 to 45 meter.

OVL has to drill at least two appraisal wells in the Block during the appraisal period, which is scheduled to end in May 2007.



Dr Balyan at OVL,Doha office with officers of OVL and ONGC

A brief presentation on the status of the NN Project and other activities undertaken by OVL, Qatar, was made by the Country Manager to Dr. Balyan. The presentation was also attended and supplemented by a team of ONGC and OVL officers, who were in Doha to attend the Management Committee and Technical Committee meetings of the Project with Qatar Petroleum and to evaluate the integrated tender for rig, materials and services for the Project.

Dr. Balyan showed keen interest in the activities and asked made several queries. He interacted with the officers present and advised fast track implementation of the planned schedule of drilling for the first two appraisal wells.

Mr. Abduljabbar Abdulnoor Saifaldeen, who recently joined OVL as DGM on deputation from Qatar Petroleum, briefed Dr. Balyan about the support being provided by Qatar Petroleum to OVL in its Qatar activities. Dr Balyan expressed satisfaction on the progress of OVL in Doha and wrote in the visitors’ book, “I am extremely happy to visit OVL’s office. The working approach and culture exhibit the professionalism of a multinational, which projects OVL very well. I compliment the Country Manager and the entire OVL team and wish them the very best and early success.”

Dr Balyan promised to extend all support to the OVL Doha office and lauded Country Manager Ajeet Kumar Deshwal.



Dr Balyan at OVL,Doha office with officers of OVL and ONGC



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