The Oil & Gas industry is developing with a galloping pace, the trends and techniques used are evanescent. Not only this, the industry is putting a lot of efforts in Research & Development in both Upstream as well as downstream sector. In this context, School of Petroleum Technology, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University organized Urja Conclave with a theme of Initiatives and Practices in Oil and Gas Industry on 11th and 12th of September, 2015 to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The Conclave brought together industry professionals, researchers, experts, academicians, and students onto a single platform to discuss the initiatives and practices being followed in the oil and gas industry.

The first day of the conclave focused on the Midstream and Downstream sector of the oil and gas industry. Today, with huge amount of investment and development, Indian mid & downstream industry has done exceedingly well in establishing itself globally.

The chief guests for the first day Shri PPG Sarma (Chief Executive Officer-Gujarat Gas limited) and Shri Shridhar Tambrapani (Joint President, City Gas Distribution- Adani Gas Limited) shared their views on the growth of Gas Retailing and City Gas Distribution Business in India.

The first day witnessed noteworthy experts, Shri Kishor D. Bhojawala (Associate Vice President-Corporate HSE &AI- Gujarat Gas Limited); Shri Anil Kumar Joshi (President –Projects, GSPC LNG); Shri Joy Shah (Senior Vice Present-Technology, Reliance Industries Limited), Shri Satish Pillai (Head-Refinery Business, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering); Shri Rajan Desai (International Co-ordinator – India, Heat Transfer Research Inc.); Shri Rajesh Singh (MD, Toyota Construction Pvt. Ltd.) and Shri Ashutosh Shukla (MD, Aerotherm Products).

All the speakers emphasised on the importance of relevant exposure to students in the industry. Utilization of Cold Energy of LNG, Energy Management, Hydraulic Power Recovery Turbine, Heat Exchangers, Biodiesel Production, and HTRI’s endeavours for Industry-Academia  collaboration; were some of the major talks of the day. The importance of making the students not only employable, but also deployable was the key focus of the day.

The second day of Urja Conclave 2015 focused on the creamy upstream sector and comprised of the major prosperous players and decision makers like ONGC, GSPC, Reliance E & P, Josler Hydrocarbons, Essar Oil Ltd, Cairn India Ltd, Selan and Mercator Petroleum.

It begun with the welcome address of Director of School of Petroleum Technology, Dr. Anirbid Sircar. He explained the importance of such conclaves to bridge the gap between industry and academia. This was followed by the keynote address by Shri R K Sharma, Executive Director, Head IRS, ONGC. He discussed  conventional and modern Enhanced Oil recovery Techniques (EOR) together with some live field examples to make the audience realise the beneficial effects of it.

In the first session, numerous distinguished speakers in the conclave gave us insights on various topics like Shri Neeraj Sinha, Sr. Vice President, Petroleum E and P, Reliance Industries justified the importance geology to let India reach from uninformed stage to informed stage adding importance of decision making and values and behaviour. Next Shri Dinesh Zope, Vice President, Petroleum E & P, Reliance India Ltd. talked over the upcoming unconventional reservoirs of Shale by describing the game changer technologies that led to Shale Gas development. Further Shri Sushil Chandra , Sr. Vice President(Geology), GSPC briefed the gathering about the importance of geological parameters, simulation of reservoirs and enhanced production.  Another discussion was headed by Dr. Rabia Bastia, President E & P Business, Mercator Petroleum who emphasised on economics of petroleum industry together with discussing the widespread of the same. Last discussion of this session was by Shri. Pramod Gupta, Head Operation (CBM project), Essar Oil Ltd. on the shortage of natural gas, Coal Bed Methane(CBM)-genesis, phases of production of methane , CBM Evaluation parameters and lastly Essar CBM progress.

The second session begun with proficient delegates like Shri V K Jain, Director (Drilling),  Josler Hydrocarbosn Ltd. who expressed the need of challenges and initiatives in the context of his 40 years of industrial journey.  Then R K Singh, General Manager (Drilling and Completion), Petroleum E & P, Reliance Industries, explained deepwater drilling equipments (rigs), the narrow available window of deep water drilling, cementation techniques challenges, borehole instability and many more for deep water.  Next Shri Apurba Saha, Director & ExCo Member, Cairn India Ltd, Shri D P Sahasrabudhe, Director Assets, Selan Exploration Technology and Shri Rajesh Kumar, Chief Engineer ONGC-Well Stimulation Service spoke on enlightening topics on recent petroleum trends.

These two days were very fruitful and the best way to gain knowledge from the industry experts. It helped the students to update their knowledge according industrial advancement. The intellectuals interacted and redefined our learning with sophisticated details. Overall the conclave aimed at bridging the gap between industry and academia.

DAY 1 & DAY 2