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Raha in race for energy award

The former chairman of ONGC is one of the five people vying for the prestigious award by Petroleum Economist.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 19:42 IST

Subir Raha, the former chairman and managing director of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), has been short-listed for the prestigious "Energy Executive of the Year" award instituted by London-based renowed energy journal 'Petroleum Economist'.

The other short-listed nominees are: Elias Velasco Garcia of Union Fenosa Gas, John Lau of Husky Energy, Alexander Medvedev of Gazexport and Adnan Shihab-Eldin, acting secretary - Opec, a press release said here.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in September at Banqueting House in London. The evening will be hosted by BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson CBE.

Raha has spent more than 35 years in the oil industry and held various posts including the top slot of India's most valuable company -- ONGC.

In a communique, Petroleum Economist has mentioned that "Raha's appointment in 2001 launched a progressive period of investment and exploration that secured numerous commendations for clean energy and transparency initiatives for the ONGC group. The development of education and research programmes demonstrated Raha's commitment to the future of ONGC and the industry at large."

The 70-year-old energy publication, which is the official publisher of most of the global energy events, including World Petroleum Congress and World Gas Conference, gives out awards across 10 categories, the most coveted being the "Energy Executive of the Year Award."

The candidates are judged for "whether their actions have added value to the organisation either financially or through goodwill, international diplomacy or strategic vision. They should also have an excellent rapport and relationship with co-workers, employees and industry colleagues."

Amid a deluge of nominations this year, Raha emerged as the potential candidate for the prestigious award after successfully meeting all the parameters, the publication said.

During his tenure, ONGC shot to fame by becoming India's most valuable company. It was also the first Indian PSU to have entered into an agreement with the Transparency International to implement Integrity Pact in all its tendering process to make the system totally transparent and free from corruption.

Raha's contribution to R&D and training in ONGC has also opened up new horizons in the company.

First Published: Aug 08, 2006 20:45 IST