SHRIKANT Madhav Vaidya takes over as IOCL Chairman

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya has taken over as the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. He succeeds Sanjiv Singh who has superannuated from the services of the Corporation.  Concurrently, Vaidya will also be Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd., a stand-alone refining subsidiary of IndianOil and Indian Oiltanking Limited, another joint venture providing ‘terminalling’ services apart from being on the board of Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd., a joint venture setting up three world-scale fertiliser plants.  Vaidya, who is on the board of Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited, will function as Chairman and will be Director on the Board of M/s Petronet LNG Limited. Prior to his elevation, Vaidya was the Director (Refineries) on the IndianOil Board since October 2019. A Chemical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Mr Vaidya has over 34 years of extensive experience in refining & petrochemicals operations. He has had a decade-long association with India’s largest cracker plant – the Panipat Naphtha Cracker Complex, a major driver of IndianOil’s petrochemicals business – right from the drawing board stage. He is among the select technocrats in the Indian oil & gas industry who are proficient in all facets of refinery-petrochemicals integration, desirable for the sustainability of the oil & gas industry in the long-term. Vaidya has always laid emphasis on ensuring smooth supply of products, eco-friendly business operations and healthy refining margins. During his tenure as Director (Refineries) and earlier as Executive Director (Refinery Operations) at Indian Oil, he presided over several refinery expansion and petrochemical projects. He also steered the timely rollout of BS-VI grade auto fuels across the country, commenced supply of IMO-compliant bunker fuel (0.5% Sulphur) and a special winter-grade diesel for the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas, and expanded the Corporation’s green energy offerings with projects related to biofuels and 2G/3G ethanol-blended fuels at its refineries.

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