Petronet Energy Limited - Our Leadership

Akshay Kumar Singh

Mr. Akshay Kumar Singh (aged 61 years) is a veteran of the Oil and Gas industry in India. His career spanning 37 years has wide-ranging experiences across design, engineering, planning, execution and O&M of complex pipeline systems and process plants. He has an unblemished track record of delivering challenging, complex and large size transnational as well as cross-country pipeline projects of national importance.

Mr Singh is the Founder-Chairman of M/s Petronet Energy Limited (PEL) and Petronet LNG Singapore PTE Ltd (PLSPL), wholly owned subsidiaries of Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL). He has played a pivotal role in formation of these companies and marking PLL’s presence in International Market. He is also Chairman of Petronet LNG Foundation (PLF). He is Director on the Board of Adani Petronet (Dahej) Port Pvt Ltd and India LNG Transport Co (No 4) Pvt Ltd (Joint venture companies of PLL).

Prior to joining Petronet LNG Limited, he was Director - Pipelines in IndianOil Corporation Limited. Under his leadership, India’s first transnational multiproduct hydrocarbon pipeline from India to Nepal (Motihari to Amlekhganj) was completed 8 months before schedule and was appreciated by Hon’ble Prime Ministers of both countries. He also set up the infrastructure (for IOCL) to execute City Gas Distribution projects in 17 Geographical Areas, at an estimated capex of INR 13,873 Crores.

Before joining IndianOil, Mr. Singh served as Executive Director in GAIL India Limited. In a career journey of over 30 years, he worked across project development, project execution, corporate HSE, R&D and Risk Management.

He ensured the completion of the 1000 kms Dhabol – Bengaluru (DBPL) and 700 kms Dahej – Uran / Dhabol – Panvel (DUPL/DPPL) Natural Gas Pipelines in record time of 15 and 11 months, respectively, which was appreciated by the State and Central Governments. He also led a team that derived the formulation of a unified pool tariff model for transportation of Natural Gas across the country, for submission to PNGRB. From 1996 – 2002, he was instrumental in developing Mumbai’s City Gas Distribution infrastructure, while working for Mahanagar Gas Limited.

In 2015, he was tasked to lead a team that identified opportunities to maximise GAIL’s annual profitability, and that continues to deliver substantial impact.

Mr. Singh has also played a pivotal role in the formation, execution and roll-out of key joint-ventures to develop hydrocarbon pipeline networks of national importance; (i) Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL), having equity participation of 20% each by IOCL, GAIL, ONGC, NRL and Oil India Ltd, for execution of 9250 kms long natural gas pipeline connecting all state capitals of 8 North East states, having capex of INR 9265 Crores; (ii) IHB Limited, a consortium of IOCL (50%), BPCL (25%) and HPCL (25%) for execution of one of world’s longest LPG pipeline (2800 kms) namely KandlaGorakhpur (KGPL) having capex of INR 10,888 Crores.

He also served as Chairman of IHB Limited and as Director at Talcher Fertilizers Limited as well as Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation Ltd.

Mr. Singh is a Mechanical Engineer from MIT, Muzaffarpur and Post Graduate in Turbo Machinery from South Gujarat University.

Vinod Kumar Mishra

Mr. Vinod Kumar Mishra has rich experience of about 3 decades in the areas of Corporate Finance, Direct and Indirect taxes, Treasury Management, Natural Gas Marketing and Hedging etc.

He is a Chartered Accountant and also holds degrees in Law and MBA (Finance).

He has worked in GAIL (India) Limited a Maharatna Company, for more than 27 years. In his professional career in GAIL, he has successfully handled Project Financing of GREP Pipeline Project and Construction of two LPG plants and was also involved in handling O&M activities of NCR Region. Through his profound knowledge in Natural Gas Contracts, he has been instrumental in developing various Natural Gas Hedging strategies that resulted in immense economic benefit to the company. He was also involved in Financial Planning & Analysis, Contract Management of Natural Gas & other liquid Hydrocarbons, handling Direct & Indirect Taxation matters, Treasury, Provident Fund, Superannuation Fund, Insurance etc.

He also held the position of Director in GAIL Global USA, INC, Houston (USA), a wholly owned subsidiary company of GAIL(India) Limited, having global footprint in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trade.

Pramod Narang

Mr. Pramod Narang is 1984 batch Mechanical Engineer from Karnataka Regional Engineering College (KREC), Surathkal (now NIT, Surathkal). He joined the Pipelines Division of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. in 1985 as a Graduate Engineer Trainee, thereafter rising to the rank of Executive Director in the company.

With over 35 years experience in oil and gas industry, Mr. Narang has made immense contributions in various fields like design, detailed engineering and execution of cross-country oil and gas pipeline projects, Operation & Maintenance, Corporate Planning functions, Projects Monitoring, Purchase & Contracts, etc. Construction of large crude oil and petroleum products storage tank farms at Vadinar (Gujarat), Panipat and Paradip; construction of 1300 km Kandla-Bhatinda pipeline, Koyali-Sidhpur products pipeline, Paradip-Haldia crude pipeline, Jaipur-Panipat naphtha pipeline are some of the major projects of national importance, handled by him and completed within schedule. He also played a central role in execution and commissioning of India's first trans-national petroleum products pipeline from Motihari in Bihar to Amlekhganj in Nepal, with an objective of accomplishing uninterrupted supply of High Speed Diesel and Motor Spirit to one of the most important neighbours of the country. This project was also completed in a record time.

During 2019-20, as head of Materials & Contracts function, he steered his team in placing highest-ever works and purchase awards along with achieving a record reduction in the lead time. These contributions played a vital role in strengthening the projects value chain and had a far-reaching impact on overall projects execution.

Manoj Kumar Pawa

Mr. Manoj Kumar Pawa is currently working as Executive Director (Business Development) in Petronet LNG Limited (PLL), Director of Petronet Energy Limited (PEL) and Petronet LNG Foundation (PLF) Delhi (Permanent Invitee of the Board). Manoj is a Civil Engineer and PGDM in Marketing with an experience of over 34 years in Oil & Gast Sector mainly with the youngest Maharatna PSU [GAIL (India) Limited] & its flagship JVC i.e. PLL.

Prior to becoming a part of PLL, he was serving with GAIL as General Manager (Marketing). He has been a part of several major projects / assignment such as laying of world's longest exclusive LPG Pipeline, connecting the nation via Natural Gas Pipelines & GAIL's LNG terminal at Dabhol, Joint Venture in India & abroad, Project Management (from concept to commissioning), HR, CSR, L&D & CA, Business Engineering etc.

Mr. Pawa strongly believes in participative & inclusive leadership and processing the acumen to take up any assignments in mission mode. He is capable of thinking big and out of the box, ready to accept the changes and also support initiatives towards change management.