CEWELL hosts 2nd Subir Raha Memorial Lecture on 8th Foundation Day
3/2/2013 |

Eminent petrophysicist Khaled H Hashmy spoke on 'Shale Reservoirs: From Prospect Generation to Production'.

The Centre for Excellence in Well Logging Technology (CEWELL) celebrated its 8th Foundation Day with great enthusiasm on February 2, 2013.

CEWELL was founded in 2006 at the encouragement of ONGC's erstwhile C&MD, the late Mr. Subir Raha, who dreamt of a Global Applied Centre dedicated to R&D in petrophysics. Today, though at a nascent stage, the Institute is making its presence felt in various areas of fossil fuel exploration & exploitation research. As a mark of respect to Mr. Raha, who lost a valiant battle to cancer on February 1, 2010, CEWELL started the Subir Raha Memorial Lecture series in 2012.

The first lecture was delivered by eminent E&P personality Dr. A K Balyan, MD & CEO, Petronet-LNG, and former Director-HR of ONGC, on the topic 'Integrating Hardware, Software and Humanware for Organizational Success', which was received well by the audience.

The 2nd Subir Raha Memorial Lecture was delivered by eminent petrophysicist Khaled H Hashmy, renowned globally for his pioneering work on Shale Gas. Mr. Hashmy, with 52 years of experience in the field of well logging, presently works as Petrophysical Advisor with Weatherford International, and has published over 20 papers in journals in India, USA and Canada. Lately he has been active in the petrophysical evaluation of shale reservoirs. An alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, Mr. Hashmy held various positions in ONGC for 19 years, and after 21 years of service in India, he emigrated to the USA in 1981.

The theme lecture, 'Shale Reservoirs: From Prospect Generation to Production' was delivered by Mr. Hashmy to a house that listened with rapt attention, engrossed by what the doyen of shale gas had to say from his rich experience. Quoting numerous examples from North America and drawing similarities across such projects worldwide, Mr. Hashmy stated that there is a quantum leap in production from unconventional reservoirs. Calling it a 'game changer', he said that in the days to come, shale gas would make a big impact on gas pricing, as the cost has already dropped in North America and is expected to set the trend globally. Unconventional reservoirs would have the capability to produce four times the output from conventional reservoirs.

After the comprehensive lecture, there was an interactive session where audience discussed their concerns with Mr. Hashmy.

Mr. Raha's daughter, Shuva, came all the way from Delhi to be present at the event.

The lecture was held at the Officers Club Auditorium in Vadodara. Despite being a holiday, the event was attended not only by the geoscience fraternity of Vadodara but also employees from different work centers of ONGC. The program started with the ONGC song, followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Ms. Raha, Mr. Hashmy, Mr. S K Das, ED-Basin Manager WON, Vadodara, Mr. Niladri Sinha, ED-HoI, IOGPT, Mr. Asim Samanta, GGM-HoI CEWELL, Mr. S K Sharma, Mr. C R Bansal and Prof Ganapathi from M S University.

To commemorate the special occasion, a short film on Mr. Raha was shown, which reminded the audience of the dynamism of the departed leader. Then the house was welcomed by Mr. Samanta, who spoke about the laurels already earned by the young Institute. He informed that for the first time the CMD’s Best Paper Award and Director - Exploration's Best Paper Award was conferred upon CEWELL in the same year, thus creating history. Later a film of the activities of CEWELL was played for the audience, which illustrated the technical competence of the Institute.

Ms. Raha then fondly reminisced about her experiences and the communication she had with her father when he took over the reins of ONGC in 2001. She spoke of the apprehensions everyone had as Mr. Raha was moving from a downstream company (Indian Oil Corporation) to an upstream company (ONGC), especially when the latter was passing through a period of great uncertainty. She had asked her father how he would get things to turn around, and steer this huge organization onto the right track of progress and development. Mr. Raha's reply was, “I have to get these people to deliver what they already have. They have to be shown their strength. They have to just deliver as they have the potential. Their power has to be harnessed and delivered at the right time.” She recalled the affection the people of ONGC had for her father, and, after seeing the film on CEWELL, said that “I wish my father was alive and saw for himself that what he dreamt of has become a reality.”

Earlier, on the eve of 2nd Subir Raha Memorial Lecture, a cultural program was organized on the lawns of the CEWELL Building. To mark the occasion of the 8th Foundation Day, Merit Awards were given away by Mr. Samanta to officers who positively impacted CEWELL's performance during the year.

Text adapted from article authored by Indranil Deb, CEWELL, ONGC.
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