Ravi Narayan Bastia, the man who discovered the gigantic Krishna Godavari basin D6 field for Reliance Industries, has quit the company.
Bastia, who was in 2007 conferred the Padma Shri for finding the energy-hungry nation’s second biggest gas find to date, resigned from RIL last week, industry sources said.
In 2002, RIL made a natural gas discovery in the very first well it drilled some 200-km off the east coast in the Bay of Bengal, and Bastia is said to be the man behind the success.
When contacted, Bastia, senior vice-president in RIL, confirmed his quitting the company, but refused to either give reasons for his move or what he would be doing next.
“As of now I am not joining anyone,” he said.
When Bastia joined Reliance in 1996 from state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the late Dhirubhai Ambani was giving shape to energy foray of the company, which till then was into petrochemicals and textiles.