Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas : Sukla Mistry takes over as the First Woman Functional Director on IndianOil Board - Songoti

Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas : Sukla Mistry takes over as the First Woman Functional Director on IndianOil Board

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National : Ms Sukla Mistry has taken over as Director (Refineries) of IndianOil, India’s highest-ranked energy Public Sector Enterprise in Fortune 500 global listing on February 7, 2022. Ms Mistry is the First Woman Functional Director on the IndianOil Board. She will also be holding the positions of Director on the board of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (CPCL) and the 60 MMTPA Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd., the world’s largest grass root refinery project, coming up in Maharashtra. Ms Mistry will continue to hold the post of Non-Executive Director on the Board of IHBL, a Joint Venture Company of three leading Oil and Gas Central Public Sector Undertakings. She as Director (Refineries) of IndianOil shall spearhead the business and operations of nine refineries and petrochemical plants of IndianOil. With a robust Refineries Division, IndianOil (including its group companies) remains the nation’s top refiner with a group refining capacity of 80.55 million tonnes per annum (1.64million barrels per day).

A Metallurgical Engineer from Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Ms Mistry also holds an Advance Diploma in Management from ICFAI and certification in Industrial Radiography and Ultrasonic Non-destructive testing.

Prior totaking over as Director (Refineries), she was heading IndianOil’s 6.0 MMTPA Barauni Refinery in Begusarai District, Bihar, as the only woman Executive Director and Refinery Head, leading an IndianOil refinery. Some of the major achievements under her tenure have been implementation of the mega BS-VI projects, roll-out of BS-VI grade fuel from the refinery much before its stipulated timeline, supply of ethanol-blended MS & XP-100 MS, setting-up of Continuous Catalytic Reforming Unit by sourcing reformates from other refineries, therebyincreasingthe GRM of the refinery.

Ms Mistry was the only Indian woman selected for deputation to Qatar Petroleum (at Qatar site) way back in April 2004 (3rd April 2004 – 31st March 2006) and Emirates National Oil Company (Dubai) in March 2002 for execution of the mega Linear Alkaline Benzene Project and plant turn-around inspection respectively.

With over 35 years of extensive experience in refining and petrochemicals operation, she has also been a key part of the prestigious team that set-up India's largest Naphtha Cracker Complex, including its captive power plant and Styrene Butadiene Rubber Project of Indian Synthetic Rubber Private Limited at Panipat Refinery. The Styrene Butadiene Rubber Project received the best infrastructure project award from Dun & Bradstreet in 2015.

Ms Mistry’s rich contribution to the oil & gas industry has earned her prestigious awards like the recent ET Prime Women Manufacturing and Operations Leadership Award-2021, SCOPE Excellence Award for Outstanding Woman Manager among PSEs (2016-17), Petrotech Ojaswini Award-2016, Petrofed Best Woman Executive Award-2009, and National Petroleum Management Programme Best Woman Executive Award-2000, among several others. She has been an active participant at prestigious conferences like World Petroleum Congress and CERA Week (USA).

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