ASME Hosts Largest Biennial India Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference to Date
May 31, 2019
The ASME Pipeline System Division's India Group convened a successful India Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference (IOGPC) on April 26–27 at the Shangri La Hotel in New Delhi. The conference, which drew more than 300 attendees, was the largest IOGPC to date.
Speakers from pipeline industries primarily in India, France and the United States presented nearly 30 technical papers during the conference, which also featured two highly interactive panel discussions, 10 exhibitors and a record number of sponsor organizations — 24 in total — representing all key stakeholders in the sector.
The Indian government's standards and regulatory bodies were also well-represented with attendance from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). This representation, along with their counterparts in the private sector, allowed for a number of important networking opportunities during the two-day event.
Approximately 125 people took part in a pre-conference workshop on April 25 focusing on the topics “Geohazard Technical Management” and “Underground Piping in City Gas Distribution” — timely subjects, especially as the Indian government plans to construct city gas distribution (CGD) networks to connect 10 million households with petroleum and natural gas in nearly 150 cities. More broadly, India is expecting to invest nearly $26 billion USD in oil and gas pipelines, oil recovery and the CGD networks by 2025.
ASME’s India Office — based in Gurgaon, near the capital city — was instrumental in planning, engaging volunteers and stakeholders, developing the program, and marketing and facilitating IOGPC 2019. To this end, ASME would like to recognize Madhukar Sharma, president of ASME India Private Limited, for his leadership, and Jaya Jain, business development head for Technical Events & Conferences, for her astute and diligent execution. They worked tirelessly to realize this successful event.
ASME also appreciates the efforts of the following Pipeline Systems Division (PSD) India Group volunteers who led the organizational and technical committees of IOGPC 2019: Ashutosh Karnatak, conference chair; V.R. Krishnan, technical chair; and Abnu Selvan, conference secretary. Also key to the event's success was the leadership of the PSD India Group: S. Jayachandran, chair; K.B. Singh, vice chair; Sandeep Vyas, Executive Committee member; N. Bosebabu, past chair and Executive Committee member, PSD Houston; and Dixit Kadakia, past chair, PSD Houston.