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Innovative Approach towards Operationalising the City Gas Distribution Network

Author: Abhirup Bhattacharya , Ramesh Samtani 

ISBN: 9789382524991

Year: 2020

Pages: 336

Medium: English

Publisher: THE BOOK LINE

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Rank #109 on Engineering & Technology (Books) on 7th August 2020!

About the Authors
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 Hiranandani Group.
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.
He has also authored a book titled “City Gas Distribution the Transformation  Catalyst for India’s  Energy Ecosystem”
Ramesh Samtani is a Civil Engineering (Structures) post graduate, Master of Business Administration with specialization in Human Resource, a PG Diploma in Computer Applications and Diploma in Financial Management.
He has about 37 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 (Exploration & Production) in Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., in Planning Commission (now NITI Aayog) both in Project Appraisal of Industrial Projects & Policy Formulation for energy sector and on preparing regulations & technical standards in Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board, in various capacities. He has led large teams in various functions and 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 (CGD) Network and specialises in making regulations/policies. He 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 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.
In addition, he has been a speaker in various programmes conducted by the Institutes like MDI, UPES, DTU, IIM Kolkatta etc; and have been a resource person for IndianOil apex level programmes. He believes in developing people by sharing knowledge and experience. He has written various articles/papers in in-house journals/magazines of IndianOil. He has widely travelled in India and abroad for attending seminars and business meetings. Further, he has authored a book titled “City Gas Distribution the Transformation Catalyst for India’s Energy Ecosystem”.
About the Book :
The Future is here: Integrated CGD by 2030
With 70% of the country expected to be connected to the CGD Network and 100% expected to be connected to the distributed electricity grid across the country and green gases expected to be injected into the gas network in an equally distributed manner, it is clear that the traditional, top down system operator and distribution operator relationship shall undergo a change in both sectors for good.
It's equally clear that “Gas” – whether that's green gas, RLNG, Domestic Natural Gas, Biomethane, BioSNG, or a hydrogen blend, is going to play a central role in not only electricity generation, but also in continuing to deliver affordable, secure and sustainable energy to homes for many years to come and as a key enabler in meeting the future decarbonisation targets of India by supporting renewable energy generation.
Whether delivering energy in the form of gas directly to the boilers and cookers in homes across the nation, or as a fuel for the power stations (be they baseload or peaking plants to enable widespread use of renewables) and therefore serving as an energy battery, an “Integrated CGD Network”, with gas and electricity system operators collaborating closely, shall be the future of CGD Networks in India by the year 2030.
The Authors, in this book besides providing detailed insights on safe Operation and Maintenance of a Natural Gas CGD Network, have provided a glimpse into this future along with other Innovations in the Energy Arena.
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