Gaurang Mishra: Joint Director, Centre for High Technology, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Starting with Jubilant Organosys, which later became Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, Gaurang Mishra’s career trajectory, spa­nning 13 years, shifted when he transitioned to Numaligarh Refi­nery Limited, where he spent three years in CDU/VDU unit operations and contributed significantly to the pre-commissioning of a pivotal naphtha splitter unit. Following this, he worked with GAIL (India) Limited for nine years on diverse projects in the petrochemical gas cracker sector, gaining considerable industry insights. He is currently joint director at the Centre for High Technology (CHT) in the refinery and petrochemicals division, a technical wing of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG).

Mishra finds his current role very exciting. “I am privileged to work with highly intelligent individuals who bring diverse experiences to the table. I have the opportunity to continuously learn from their expertise and grow. Also, being a part of the latest developments in the oil and gas sector and engaging in discussions about cutting-edge technologies is very satisfying,” he says.

According to Mishra, some of the developments of particular note in the green energy space of the oil and gas sector are the achievement of the 10 per cent ethanol blending target ahead of schedule and the plans to scale it up to 20 per cent by 2025; the launch of the PM Ji-Van Scheme, which focuses on 2G bio­etha­nol; and the SATAT Initiative that targets 15 million metric tonnes (mmt) of compressed biogas and 50 mmt of manure from 5,000 plants. He also makes note of the energy transition and Green Hydrogen Initiatives under way. “The recent launch of the Global Biofuel Alliance by the Prime Minister is a noteworthy step in this space,” Mishra says.

Mishra holds a chemical engineering degree from NIT Allaha­bad. He has a big bucket list that keeps getting bigger. For now, he is primarily focused on short-term goals that involve self-im­pro­vement through consistent hard work. Reflecting on his journey, he says, “I can see positive changes in myself. My primary as­piration is to keep learning and growing, striving to be better each day.” In his spare time, he enjoys reading – fiction, self-help books and poetry, particularly Hindi and Urdu poetry. Occasio­nally, he also writes articles, short stories and poetry.

(The views expressed here are Mr Mishra’s personal views and do not represent his official position or the views of CHT or MoPNG.)