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City Gas Distribution the Transformation Catalyst for India’s Energy Ecosystem

Author: Ramesh Samtani , Abhirup Bhattacharya  

ISBN: ‭9789382524939‬

Year: 2019

Pages: 248

Medium: English

Publisher: The Book Line

Edition: 1st

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Rank #292 on in Engineering & Technology (Books) on 7th August 2020!

The book has been written with the intention that it should serve as a research material for students as well as to provide a guide to the upcoming CGD entities across the country. A real good effort has been made to put in place the experience gained by the CGD stalwarts over a period of time and to bring forth the complex technicalities of a City Gas Distribution Business in a proper perspective for the readers to understand. Further, an attempt has been made to put all the information in a most exhaustive but simple manner to comprehend the various aspects of a CGD.
With almost all major cities being expected to have high and medium pressure pipelines running below congested areas and laid by an host of new companies and contractors, this book will act as a guide for employees of the CGD entities and act as a beacon to the new and existing students and engineers who wish to built a career in the Gas arena.

Ramesh Samtani is an Engineering post graduate with specialisation in Civil Engineering (Structures) and having Masters in Business Administration(specialization in Human Resource) with PG Diploma in Computer Applications and Diploma in Financial Management. Has over 36 years of experience in Energy and Oil & Gas Sector which include Operations, Maintenance, Project Development (Oil & Gas Pipelines), Contracts & Procurement including Legal aspects of Pipelines/CGD Networks, Corporate Planning & Business Development in Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., in Planning Commission (now NITI Aayog) both in Project Appraisal of Industrial Projects and Policy Formulation for energy sector, and Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board in various capacities. Has led large teams in various functions. He has a high level of proficiency in cross functional management, team building, training, motivation and boundary management with external stakeholders. 

He has good exposure to the City Gas Distribution Networks and has made significant contribution in developing the various CGD & NG Pipeline regulations & technical standards & specification including safety standards as part of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) of India. As part of IndianOil he headed Northern Region Pipelines comprising about 2500 kms of pipelines which included product, Crude Oil, LPG, Natural Gas, Naptha, ATF pipelines and was responsible for operation and maintenance including providing connectivity to the upcoming CGD networks. He has retired as Executive Director from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited on 30 April 2019.

In addition, provided faculty assistance in various programmesconducted by the Institutes like MDI, UPES, DTU, IIM Kolkattaetc; and have been a resource person for IndianOil apex level programmesWritten various articles/papers in in-house journals/magazines of IndianOil. Widely travelled in India and abroad for attending seminars and business meetings.


Abhirup Bhattacharya, is a Chemical Engineer from HBTI Kanpur and has a diverse experience of over 27 years in delivering large Projects from conceptualization to design and execution stages in the arena of FSRU based / Onshore LNG Terminals, High Pressure Natural Gas pipelines and City Gas Distribution Network. He is currently working as the Vice President-Business development (Oil and Gas) in H-Energy and is a Director on the Board of nine companies of the HiranandaniGroup.

In the City Gas Distribution Arena, he has made his mark in the form of his significant contribution towards developing the various CGD and NG Pipeline Technical Standards and Regulations as part of the various joint working committees constituted by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board of India (PNGRB). Between 2006 to 2012, he was also part of multiple sub-committees of OISD and BIS for their various standards. He had shouldered a number of leadership roles in Gujarat Gas Company Ltd (formerly owned by BG Group PLC, UK), viz. Head of Asset Integrity and Planning, General Manager- Engineering Services, General Manager- Operation and Maintenance, Sr Vice President – Bharuch GA to name a few. 

Abhirup specializes in setting in place an Asset Integrity and HSSE culture in CGD Industry and the Maintenance Management Processes setup by him are still being followed in letter and spirit in Gujarat Gas for their various CGD’s. He had also handled the entire gamut of technical operations related to Business Units & Profit Center focusing on all aspects related to Business Process Mapping, P/L Follow-ups and Process. 

Between 2004-2007 and again between 2008-2010, Abhirup had the additional responsibility as  the Management Representative (MR) for ISO 9001 and was instrumental in rolling out the Integrated Management System.

Abhirup had also played a key role in ensuring a robust SAP driven Preventive Maintenance System which led to an Uptime of 100% across  the vast network of Gujarat Gas. He had also led the implementation of a Predictive Maintenance Management System for the Terminal Compressors and CNG Compressors.

Reviews :

1. I have gone through content only and I must say that this is the book I was looking for, Everyone in CGD field should read this book once.
 Not only for beginners but  experience people in CGD could get more knowledge from this one. Thanks for publishing this great book.
From: Sudarshan Shinde (MNGL)

2. I must say this is probably the first -to the point book addressing almost all aspects of CGD right from extraction to LMC .
 All new 9th and 10 th round winner as well people like me working in CGD for more than a decade will find this very beneficial. 
From: Abhishek Singh (Senior Manager ) -MGL

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