By ICN GroupAppointments, March 03, 2020
B C Tripathi joins Essar as non-executive chairman
Tripathi is one of the foremost energy strategists in the country. He is credited with transforming GAIL into a multi-asset multinational portfolio company
B C Tripathi, former chairman and managing director of state-owned GAIL India Ltd, has joined Ruia-family owned Essar as a non-executive chairman of the Group''s Mauritius-based oil and gas firm.
"Essar Capital Ltd (ECL), the investment manager of Essar Global Fund Ltd (EGFL), has appointed Tripathi as the non-executive chairman of Essar Exploration and Production Ltd Mauritius (EEPLM) and board member of Essar Oil UK Ltd (EOUKL)," as per statement released by the company.
EEPLM and EOUKL hold key energy assets in ECL''s investment portfolio. EOUKL's main asset is the Stanlow oil refinery in the UK.
Tripathi's induction signals EGFL's renewed interest in the energy sector. He will drive the investment strategy and play a key role in providing strategic direction to EGFL, the statement said.
Tripathi is one of the foremost energy strategists in the country. He is credited with transforming GAIL into a multi-asset multinational portfolio company, the statement said.
"A person of Tripathi's caliber is an invaluable addition to our leadership team. His exemplary track record in India's energy sector will help EGFL grow and add significant value to our energy investments globally," said Prashant Ruia, Director-Essar Capital.
EGFL has invested significantly in conventional and non-conventional oil and gas fields across the world through EEPLM, which manages these investments as an early-stage developer. It has participating interests in conventional oil and gas acreages in India, Vietnam and Nigeria, with an overall resource base of 3.4 barrels of oil equivalent.
EEPLM, through its subsidiary Essar Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Ltd (EOGEPL), is India''s largest operator of unconventional hydrocarbon acreages located across key sedimentary basins in the country.
These acreages have a resource base of 15 trillion cubic feet and include both coal bed methane (CBM) and shale reserves.
"EGFL is among the only Indian funds whose investments straddle the entire hydrocarbon value chain, comprising upstream exploration and production, midstream refining and downstream retail globally. I look forward to contributing to the future direction of India''s oil and gas economy, in which Essar continues to be a key player," Tripathi on his appointment.
Tripathi was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL in 2009, for an initial five-year term. His extension was due to be reviewed in 2014, but the UPA government in October 2013 approved another five-year term till July 31, 2019.
Prior to taking over as CMD, Tripathi had served as Director of Marketing at GAIL from July 2007 to July 31, 2009.