September 2018

Volume 4/Issue 09  | Cairn Monthly e-magazine

business update


Barmer, Rajasthan

Each year, 29th August marks a red letter day in the journey of Cairn Oil & Gas. This year, on this day we complete 9 years of Mangala First Oil. As part of the celebrations, an event was organised at MPT OB on the eve of the Mangala Day. Employees along with their families participated in the event.


An interactive town hall was held on August 29, 2018 from Mangala Processing Terminal (MPT). Sudhir Mathur, CEO Cairn Oil & Gas along with other ExCo members were present at MPT and addressed the employees who joined the event from across Cairn locations. ExCo members briefed the employees on the current growth focus for Rajasthan along with the landmark development of Cairn winning 41 blocks under OALP (Open Acreage Licensing Policy) Round I. A media familiarisation trip to MPT and other locations in Rajasthan were also held as part of the celebrations. Attending media fraternity were given overview of our operations in Rajasthan including social impact and CSR activities.

New Benchmark  Set

Bhogat, Gujarat

As the saying goes “Make it simple, but significant” and our pipeline team has just demonstrated the same. Recently Bhogat Terminal has successfully carried out reverse crude oil pumping from Bhogat to SBPL (Salaya Bhogat Pipeline) for sales to M/s Nayara Energy (Formerly Essar Oil). Reverse pumping has reduced blocked inventory (in monsoon period) with negligible implication in the existing system. With this Bhogat team has set new benchmark by establishing capability to reverse flow into SBPL with minimum capex.


Kudos to the team!

Technology Intervention

Barmer, Rajasthan

Plant Integrity function, recently adopted a new technology- ‘MTM inspection’ for pipeline. It is a magneto metric Diagnostic system for non-contact inspection of steel pipelines (gas, oil & water) without excavation and pigging using villari effect (or magneto-elastic effect, it is a change of the magnetic susceptibility of a material when subjected to a mechanical stress.). Inspection of 4 different non piggable pipelines were carried out and their respective defect verifications is in progress. It’s a fast inspection process in comparison to other methods. Also there is no production loss and remote location can be easily verified. Inspection of non piggable pipelines will be easier using this technology.

Leveraging Best Minds

Kharagpur, West Bengal

In pursuit of operational excellence and to leverage best minds in R&D sector, a MOU with IIT-Kharagpur has been signed on August 6, 2018. The MOU was signed by the dean of IIT-Kharagpur - Prof. Pallab Dasgupta while Vedanta- Cairn Oil & Gas were represented by Mr R Kannan - SBU Head- Oil and Mr Anirban Ghosh - DGM-QA. The aim was to engage IIT Kharagpur’s reputed ‘Metallurgy & Material Science’ team to come up with the technical solutions related to suitability of materials with regard to changing characteristics of crude especially with H2S, CO2 & remains of polymers. Further to it, Cairn Oil & Gas is also aiming for guidance with some improved modern technology in terms of cleaning the un pig gable & spur lines etc. Company shall provide with a problem statement(s) to the campus and help them conduct an extensive tests in their well-equipped laboratory with our supplied samples. During the course of this technical development experts from both the parties would exchange their views, and at the end arrive to a mutual agreement for physical implementation of the same under joint supervision. MOU was signed for 5 years period with individual call out basis with regard to specific problem. Based on the subsequent success of this MOU, the same principle may well be suggested to all other Vedanta group companies. On similar principle we have already engaged with IIT-Mumbai & IIT-Chennai for leveraging out their best guidance in the field of chemical & civil.

Celebration of Freedom

Cairn site locations

Our country celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on August 15, 2018. The day was marked with full fervor and celebrations across assets with flag hoisting ceremony followed by National Anthem and employee address.


In Suvali, Mr Viresh Patel – Installation Manager addressed the employees and hoisted the national flag along with Taluka Panchayat Member Mr Pravinbhai B. Patel and Sarpanch Nayanaben Rathod.


In Raageshwari Gas Terminal (RGT), Mr Samir Kulkarni – Installation Manager addressed the employees and distributed prize to meritorious employees and workers. Bhagyam Central Park was the venue at Bhagyam, where the white brigade rocked the evening. A delicious dinner added an icing on the cake for the celebration.


In the Midstream section at Viramgam Gas Terminal (VGT) similar celebrations took place amongst employees and mementos were presented to the security guards who contributed towards the safety of our pipeline operations & terminal. A new flag post (18 meters height) was also inaugurated in front of the VGT’s entrance.


In Ravva, Mr Srihariprasad Reddy – Installation Manager rendered a motivational and inspiring speech.  Followed by march-past by our security platoon. Contractors and employees participated.


In Bhogat Terminal, Mr Basavraj Girimath – Terminal Manager hoisted the flag and awarded outstanding performers from Security team.

Joy of Sports

Suvali, Gujarat

Participating in sports is always enriching, as it teaches multiple aspects of life like hard work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitiveness, selflessness, never give up attitude and respect for authority. Employees and contractors at CB/OS-2 participated in the Badminton tournament organised at OB. Amongst the 18 participating team, Mr Sajal Dhiman & Ajay Mudgal raised the bar and were declared as winners.


corporate social responsibility

Independence Day Celebration

Rajasthan, Gujarat

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated in Barmer at the senior secondary school, Kawas. The event witnessed participation of 250 men and women, and over 500 students from various surrounding villages of the operational area. Various cultural and sports activities were conducted and winners were awarded. The meritorious students from class 8th to 12th were also felicitated by the company. The flag hoisting ceremony at Sanchore was held at the AGI 8 premises and was followed by felicitation of the best performing members from partner agencies associated with security, FMS and AGI upkeep.


At CCoE, the flag hoisting ceremony was followed by distribution of sweets, and painting competition.


The pipeline team celebrated Independence Day in three locations across the pipeline – Kalyanpur, Bharad (Dhangadhra block) and Viramgam (Khambaliya block). Recognising Vedanta’s support, Shri J R Dodiya - District Collector of Dev Bhumi Dwarka felicitated Vedanta Limited with a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’. Mr Lakshmi Narayan Sharma from the land team received the certificate on behalf of the company.


At Suvali, the flag was hoisted by the Installation Manager Mr Viresh Patel along with taluka panchayat member Mr Pravinbhai B Patel and sarpanch Nayanaben Rathod.

Cairn gifted two new computers to Suvali primary school. The newly formed computer lab of the school was also inaugurated on this occasion.


The sarpanch and other key local stakeholders were highly appreciative of Cairn’s efforts towards socio-economic and cultural development of the local community.


International Youth Day


International Youth Day was celebrated at Cairn Enterprises Center (CEC) - Barmer, CEC - Sanchore and Cairn Centre of Excellence (CCoE) - Jodhpur on August 11, 2018. The theme for this year was ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’.


Around 70 trainees between the age group of 18 to 25 years, from each of the institutes participated in the celebrations, wherein they were explained the importance of the day.

At CEC Barmer, a session on ‘Thought Process’ was conducted, wherein the youth were given a space to engage in activities related to their diverse interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves on social affairs that concern them. The topics were gender equality, caste and religious tolerance


CEC Sanchore conducted a group discussion on ‘Youth and their Addictions’ which was very well received and the youth pledged not to abuse any addictive substance.


The topic for discussion at CCoE was ‘Role of youth in today’s industries’ which received good participation from the trainees, followed by a play on the subject, directed and enacted by the students.


Bonding & Learning

CCOE, Jodhpur

Cairn Centre of Excellence (CCoE) organised a visit to Mehrangadh Fort and Mandore Garden for its trainees on August 9, 2018. The day was well spent with team building games that provided an excellent opportunity for all students to strengthen their bonds and come back rejuvenated.

Cairn Pink City Half Marathon

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Cairn Oil & Gas is the title event partner for the Cairn Pink City Half Marathon, 2018 which will be held on December 16, 2018 in Jaipur. In addition to promoting wellness and fitness, this platform will also support Cairn’s CSR efforts by creating awareness on campaigns such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. Registrations for the event are open and complimentary for all Vedanta employees until October 30, 2018. Everyone is encouraged to register and participate in this ‘run for a cause’.


The link for online registration is


World of Knowledge

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

The district administration in the east Godavari district has set up 200 mini libraries in schools across the district. Out of these, 150 libraries have been allotted to Rampachowdavaram Mandal and 50 libraries to Uppalaguptam Mandal. Cairn Oil & Gas (Ravva) has supported the initiative of the district administration by contributing INR 10 lakhs for the cause. The programme was inaugurated by Hon’ble MLA Amalapuram Sri A. Anandarao at S.Yanam high school on August 3, 2018. In his speech, the MLA urged all students to utlilise this opportunity and read the books provided in the library. He further praised the CSR activities implemented by Cairn. Community leaders, parents, school teachers and schools children participated in the programme.

Supporting Community

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

The culvert leading to the beach in S.Yanam village is small and in very poor condition. Cairn Oil & Gas (Ravva) has taken the initiative to support the fishing community by constructing a bigger culvert. This will greatly help the fishermen community in fishing activities and thus, income enhancement. The foundation stone of the culvert was laid by the Hon'ble Deputy CM and Home Minister, Sri N Chinnarajappa at S.Yanam beach on August 14, 2018. Hon’ble MLA Sri A Anandarao, community leaders, panchayat raj department, engineers, fishermen community members, media persons, police officials, and local community members participated in the programme in huge numbers. The leaders thanked the Vedanta management for taking up this initiative.


Community Re-building

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

On the occasion of Independence Day, Hon'ble Minister for Rural Housing and Information and Public Relations, Sri Kalva Srinivasarao and District Collector Sri Kartikeya Misra recognised the contribution of Cairn Oil & Gas for the CSR activities and its support during disasters in the district and awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in a glittering ceremony. From 30 industries in the east Godavari district, only Reliance Ltd and Cairn Oil & Gas were selected for this award.

Enabling Digitisation

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

In line with PM’s vision of ‘Digital India’ and providing quality education to all, Cairn Oil & Gas (Ravva) has provided projection systems to 16 schools in the operational area.

On Independence Day, the digital class room was inaugurated by ZPTC member Sri Desamsetti Lakshmi Narayana. MPTC member PVR Naidu, community leaders, school teachers and children participated in the programme.


Changing Lives – A case study

Barmer, Rajasthan

In an area where the infrastructural facilities do not provide much scope for incorporating people with loco motor disability, Shrawan completed his studies till 12th standard, post which he joined Cairn’s skill training initiative and was trained at the Cairn Enterprise Center, Barmer in basic computer operator course. He is now working with the Secretariat, Jaipur, GoR as a tele-responder to the CM’s toll free helpline, helping support his family back home and lead a life of dignity and independence.

Strengthening Healthcare

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

Cairn Oil & Gas had constructed a building for Primary Health Centre (PHC) in S.Yanam village towards provisioning of primary health care to local community. A second set of medical staff is also being provided for the PHC to attend to medical emergency cases and provide first aid during the night. The PHC and the ambulance were inaugurated by the Hon'ble Dy CM and Home Minister, Sri N Chinnarajappa on July 31, 2018 in the presence of the MLA Sri A Anandarao, community leaders, hospital members, media persons, police officials, local community and school children. The Hon’ble Dy. CM appreciated the CSR activities of Cairn.


Smart Village

Ravva, Andhra Pradesh

To make S.Yanam a smart village a team from Smart Andhra Pradesh Foundation (SAPF) visited S.Yanam to review the CSR activities of Cairn. SAPF conducted an initial appraisal of all the assets created by Cairn (overhead water tank, RO Plants, PHC and internal roads) with government departments. An action plan to make S.Yanam a smart village has been shared with SAPF by the Ravva team and they are now in the process of obtaining approvals to implement activities on PPP mode.

Community Development

Viramgam, Gujarat

Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan initiated by the Government of Gujarat is supported by Cairn at two locations - Hansalpur and Viramgam in Gujarat. On August 1, 2018 Mr Ashish Gupta handed over the part funding support to Mr I R Vala – Sub Divisional Magistrate, Viramgam for Cairn’s support in pond digging work at Kayla village .During the meeting, Mr. I R Vala appreciated Cairn’s efforts and support in all ongoing development programs in partnership with the Government of Gujarat for Viramgam town.


Health Awareness

Suvali & Barmer

Cairn Oil & Gas, along with Dhara Sansthan organised an awareness program at Suvali village on the occasion of World Breast Feeding Week. People were educated about the benefits of breastfeeding on August 7 and 8. There were seminar discussions, health educational sessions, counselling and Q&A sessions. Medical officer Dr Nikita Prajapati and supervisor Mr G D Chauhan from Suvali PHC and Mrs Bhanuben (supervisor) from Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) were invited to conduct the session on health education.


In Barmer, an awareness program was organised in partnership with Cairn CSR team, Indian Academy of Paediatrician (IAP), District Health Department and health implementation partners. Approximately 5000 community members were reached through various awareness programs. Four Nand Ghars were also covered under the program. Doctors’ workshop on the theme ‘Breast Feeding – Foundation for Life’ was also organized in Barmer.


CSR Orientation

Viramgam, Gujarat

In line with our objective towards employee engagement in CSR activities, an orientation visit was organised for our newly joined engineers to Jeevan Amrit Program, Mobile Health Van Program, education initiatives in school and anganwadi on August 21, 2018.

The team members interacted with the children in government primary school, community beneficiaries at community RO plant and patients during routine OPD of Mobile Health Van program. The team visited three villages across the pipeline - Vani, Trent and Mota Ubhda from Ahmedabad and Surendranagar districts.

Green Barmer, Clean Barmer

Barmer, Rajasthan

‘Green Barmer, Clean Barmer’, a district hospital sanitation project once again got recognition from district administration of Barmer. Mr Kailash Sharma, project supervisor was applauded for his valuable contribution in ensuring a neat and clean hospital.

Mr Amra Ram Choudhary, Hon’ble Revenue Minister, GoR, honored Mr Sharma with a letter of appreciation in the Independence Day celebration ceremony at Barmer district headquarters. The project, its achievements and contribution towards maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the district hospital was showcased to the audience.

To Our Martyrs

Barmer, Rajasthan

An event was organised by the Government of Rajasthan as part of Shahadat ko Salaam (a salute to martyrdom) program to pay homage to the soldiers who lost their lives on August 14, 2018 in Barmer. During the event, citizens from four border districts - Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Ganganagar - carrying the national tricolor, joined hands to form a 700 km human chain and raised slogans.


Skill Development

New Delhi

Nai Disha, as the same name signifies, was the new direction taken by Tamana with the realization that the young adults at Tamana have to be equipped with skills to adapt appropriately to the needs of adulthood and thereby function as an independent whole -physically and emotionally. Thus, as part of its CSR Initiatives, Cairn Oil & Gas, through Cairn Foundation, seeks to engage with and support this foundation in skill development training of differently abled people by contributing towards their cost of skill training and development of infrastructure, which would enhance their confidence and make them independent. Cairn contributed towards refurbishment of the physiotherapy centre which is very critical for the young specially-abled students to improve their loco-motor skills. The centre was inaugurated by the CEO, Sudhir Mathur on July 20, 2018.


Chairman Award

Chairman's Business Awards for Quarter 1 of the financial year 2019 was announced during the Group Executive Committee meeting held on August 16-17, 2018.  After a two-stage rigorous evaluation process of performance by the business award committee Iron Ore- Karnataka was titled as the Winner and Cairn Oil & Gas- Barmer as the runner-up. The award aims to recognise and encourage the best performing executive committee for their exceptional overall performance. An executive award committee consisting of Mr Kishore Kumar, Mr Dilip Golani, Mr Arun Kumar GR, Ms Deshnee Naidoo, Mr Vikas Sharma and Mr Suresh Bose deliberated over the performance of 22 executive committees under various parameters including production, cost, safety, and sustainability. Both the winner and runner-up are the first time recipient of the most coveted award.

Vedanta AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting was held on 24 August 2018 in which Chairman Navin Agarwal spoke about our immense growth potential and our plans to invest $8 billion over the next three years to increase the production of aluminum, zinc, lead and crude oil. Addressing the shareholders Chairman discussed the company being the largest private sector oil producer contributing to 27 percent of domestic production and aspiring to take it up to 50 percent. He also touched upon our plans on expansion of Electrosteel’s capacity and to establish a global center for technological excellence.

Healthy India

Nand Ghar our flagship project has made another progressive step to fulfill our endeavor to build a healthy India. On the occasion of India's 72nd Independence Day, a Mobile health van was launched at the Nand Ghar in Honorable Prime Minister's model village, Kakariya in Varanasi. This initiative will benefit the villagers principally catering to 1000 children and 350 women. The mobile health van offers primary healthcare service to 24 Nand Ghar’s across Varanasi.

Ride Away

‘Ride Away’ an initiative was introduced within the Lanjigarh township to ensure and encourage a healthy and fit lifestyle among the Vedanta employees. The premises of the township will be equipped with bicycles which the members can avail at the timely basis. The initiative was inaugurated in the township Guest House wherein the Senior Management of Vedanta Lanjigarh rode the cycles around the township.

Spirit of Freedom

72nd Independence Day was celebrated in business units across Vedanta.  Vedanta limited, Jharsugudha commenced the ceremony by hoisting the Indian flag amidst the Jharsugudha family.  A day-long celebration was held with an extravagant cultural night and scrumptious food festival. Talwandi Sabo Power limited kick started the day by flag hoisting and felicitating the security members for their valuable contribution.  The business unit also actively contributed towards the celebrations held in Mansa district.  Deputy commissioner Ms Apneet Riyait, IAS graced the event and distributed tricycles and wheelchairs to the physically disabled and sewing machines to women belonging to the economically backward community.  The initiative was supported by TSPL to improve their livelihood. Every business unit celebrated the historic day with much enthusiasm.


We appreciate all your entries for the ‘Photo of the month’ contest.  Team finder congratulates the winners –  Anup Thakkar, Shyamprasad Singh and Shruti Sharma.



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Reflections from some of our employees on the occasion of  9th anniversary of Mangala First Oil


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