Thursday, December 30, 2010

Public Water Distribution Systems in India - Where do we stand for identifying the causes for leakage?

Several efforts have been taken to arrest leaks, quantify leaks, replace valves and pipes, and restore water supply. But there is no effort taken to study the cause of leakage. Below clippings show the seriousness of such problems and alarm authorities to widen their focus on identifying the causes for failures and finding proper control measures. 

Surat - Bharuch Nagarpalika stops water supply after pipeline leak

Nagpur - No water for two days in north-east-and-south.

Bangalore - Problem galore for Defence Colony residents - Water Contamination

Kolkata - Water-supply-hit-after-pipe-leak

Mumbai - BMC installs Rs 80 cr flow meters on city pipelines soon to tackle leaks and water wastage.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Analysis: Pipeline safety delays endanger oil supply, nature

"Our current laws and regulations aren't working," said Michigan congressman Mark Schauer, who sponsored a bill to make pipeline operators report leaks within an hour.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents in the US 2006-2009 Data

From 2006 through 2009 U.S. oil and gas pipeline accidents killed 56 people, caused $1.2 billion in property damage and spilled 381,000 barrels of oil, government data shows.

Seminar on Hydro Processing : Challenges in high Pressure System & H2S handling in Refineries & Gas Processing Plants

Call For Papers For Seminar on Hydro Processing : Challenges in high Pressure System & H2S handling in Refineries & Gas Processing Plants, 14-15 Jan 2011, conducted by Oil Industry safety Directorate, New Delhi, India.

This seminar covers the aspects of safe design & operation of hydrogen usages, emergency preparedness for H2S leaks.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Prudent Chemical Management

Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology - bcst

Good safety and security procedures can lead to greater productivity, efficiency, savings, and most importantly, greater sophistication and cooperation. Improving safety and security is mistakenly seen as inhibitory, because of lack of understanding of safety and security procedures, cultural barriers, lack of skills, and financial constraints.

Friday, November 19, 2010

H.R. 6295: Pipeline Safety and Community Empowerment Act of 2010 (

H.R. 6295: Pipeline Safety and Community Empowerment Act of 2010 (

In the wake of the devastating San Bruno pipeline explosion on September 9, 2010, there are now two bills sitting before Congress to boost federal oversight of pipeline safety across the U.S (Source: NACE, USA)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ship Steel, a good steel with corrosion resistance, suitable for rerolling

Code of conduct for ship-breaking yards
Over 65 per cent of steel recovered from a condemned ship comes good for rerolling. But why so? This is because rerolling of ship plates require reheating of only up to 1,000 degree centigrade and that greatly restricts scale formation. Ship steel, as rerollers say, has fine grains giving it a good corrosion resistance character. A steel ministry paper says shapes and sections rerolled from ship steel are largely immune from physical defects like seams, internal cracks and furnace burns. Rebars made from low ductility ship steel lend themselves well to intensive cold twisting. Ship steel not found good for rerolling goes for melting

Outokumpu, Stainless Steel Producer, Finds Good Demand in India
As per market estimates, currently the overall demand for stainless steel flat products for industrial segment in India is over 500,000 tonnes. The demand for industrial grades is set to grow three to four times in the next 8 to 10 years. There are severe limitations in the domestic capacity to manufacture high-end products including super austenitics, duplex and super duplex range, high temperature and high performance grades of stainless steel for hostile industrial applications as in coil and sheet with width wider than 1250mm. “Outokumpu has everything to offer and has a major role to play in India,” says YPS Suri, Chairman Outokumpu India.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

23-26 Feb 2011

Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon, Mumbai, India.

Attend and experience world-class conferences, great networking opportunities, and state-of-the-art technology exhibits from national and international players.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great news for innovators who contribute their skills for Science and Technology development in India

The aim of the Council was to provide for a more inclusive and innovative India. “The rich can find the resources needed for solving their problems. It is the poor who need support. The council would focus on them”.
The Hindu : News / National : Panel proposes Rs. 5,000 cr. for promoting innovation

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Corrosion Free India - Kapil Dev, our cricket legend

On the occasion, he announced his association with Doehle Danautic Logistics & Trading Pvt. Ltd, which aims to work towards creating a corrosion-free India. Kapil stressed on the issue of corrosion and the losses incurred across industrial verticals and pointed out that the cumulative loss of corrosion in India amounts to almost three percent of the GDP.
"The biggest losses are incurred in the infrastructure sector which has intensive use of iron and steel. Several infrastructural projects are being constructed, like Sky Walks, Mumbai Metro, Mono Rails, flyovers, wherein iron and steel are most widely utilized. Iron and Steel are infrastructure materials get badly affected by corrosion because of which the structure gets damaged in less than five years," Kapil said.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ONS 2010: Water treatment goes to the seabed - Offshore

ONS 2010: Water treatment goes to the seabed - Offshore

This first of its kind technology can reduce costs by as much as half, said Well Processing. Plus, it removed the topside treatment facilities. Tests show SWIT delays biofilm formation, has excellent disinfectant action, and provides a continuous solids content reduction.

Fugro to monitor Indian pipeline network - Offshore

Fugro to monitor Indian pipeline network - Offshore

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pipeline leaks pose contamination threat in Coimbatore, India

COIMBATORE, JAN. 30. Leaks in drinking water and borewell water lines pose threat of contamination in the city. What heightens risk in these cases is the proximity of these lines to sewage. Many water lines run through open drainage canals. Leaks in the lines lead to sewage mixing with drinking or borewell water.

Article Date: Jan 2005

Article Source:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stop Water Leaks with Stainless Steel

In 1997 the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) took a bold decision and replaced their existing cast iron raw water rising main from the Mettur Dam reservoir with a stainless steel line. They were facing severe problems due to corrosion of the cast iron pipes - namely leakage and pressure drops and expensive repairs/replacements of sections every two or three years. The life of the cast iron line was a little over 20 years. Salem Steel Plant offered the stainless steel option, costing not much over the existing line. A conservative life assurance of 50 years was given, although it could probably go on for many more decades. Now, after seven years of service, there has been "zero maintenance" in the line and tremendous savings in electricity bills. TWAD is very happy about the bold step taken years ago.

Article Report Date: 2004

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Launch of Corrosion Management Survey in India website, First-of-its-kind Online Survey

"Corrosion Management Survey in India" website has been launched on Wordpress. I request you to take active participation in this survey and provide valuable inputs. Please forward the link to your point of contacts in various domains related to corrosion management activities. You can access the survey from the following link.

WalesOnline - News - Wales News - Public funds have paid for £18m Severn Bridge repairs

WalesOnline - News - Wales News - Public funds have paid for £18m Severn Bridge repairs

PLAID CYMRU AMs today hit out at a long-standing government deal that has seen public funds paying for nearly £18m of repairs to the old Severn Bridge. The Department of Transport has revealed in a letter to Plaid Cymru that the public has paid for treating corrosion of the main cable and repairs to the cantilever edges of the original crossing.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our Iron Pillar Way to Resolve Corrosion Management Challenges in India

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Major leak in pipeline remains unplugged - A leak in the drinking water pipeline on Mettur Road in Erode

ERODE: While a majority of residential colonies in Erode town are facing severe water shortage, a major leak in the drinking water pipeline on Mettur Road here remains unattended for days together.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Corrosion eats up 3% of GDP: Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister for Heavy Industries

Heavy Industries Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said three per cent of nation's GDP is wasted due to corrosion of machines and tools which can be saved with proper maintenance and repair. "Maintenance is really the backbone of any engineering industry. Very serious industrial accidents have happened due to poor maintenance," Deshmukh said here while inaugurating CII's Industrial Maintenance Expo.

Govt asks PSUs to reduce corrosion wastage

The government today asked public sector units to reduce corrosion wastage in order to bring down maintenance costs.

"I would like to very strongly encourage our CPSUs to seriously measure and reduce this waste. We can bring down our maintenance cost drastically through this initiative,"Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arun Yadav said at a CII programme here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Now, rly coach gets a green toilet to curb corrosion of tracks

The Loco Works workshop in Perambur has installed a green toilet in a coach to minimise corrosion of tracks and undercarrige due to human waste expelled by conventional toilets in trains.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

IOC pipeline leaks in Rajasthan, no threat to tribals

Crude oil leaked from an IOC pipeline in the forest area of Rajasthan's Sirohi district but there was no immediate threat to tribals living in nearby areas, police said on Sunday. Crude oil is supplied to Mathura refinery from Kandla via Sirohi and Pali in Rajahthan.

BG Shuts Oil, Gas Output at Indian Fields After Pipeline Leak

BG Group Plc, the U.K.’s third- largest gas producer, shut crude oil and natural gas output from the Panna-Mukta fields off India’s west coast on July 20 after a leak in a sub-sea pipeline. The company halted about 35,000 barrels a day of oil and 205 million cubic feet a day of gas production, the company said in an e-mail today. BG hasn’t decided when operations will resume, according to the statement.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Where do we stand for corrosion control in India? What is the present position on Knowledge Management for Corrosion Control efforts in India?

Subject: Technical  Paper : CORCON 2010 Conference & Expo on Corrosion

Dear Sir,

We thank you for the submission of abstract titled “Our "Iron Pillar Way" of Knowledge Management for Corrosion Control in India” of your paper for the presentation during our CORCON 2010 Conference. With great appreciation for your experience and expertise on subject matter of your paper, we note that your paper does not contain any new information with regards to corrosion and its protection / control and therefore it is not possible for us to accept it for the presentation during the conference.

With regards,

Sincerely yours,

R P Nagar
Chairman, Technical Committee

NACE International Gateway India Section
305-A, Galleria, Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Tel: 022-25797354   Fax: 022-66921572
Email: Website:

Title: Our "Iron Pillar Way" of Knowledge Management for Corrosion Control in India.


The Iron Pillar of India has withstood corrosion for over 1,600 years in the open air. But the present position on corrosion problems faced by many industries in India seems to be a disturbing fact. Considering the complex nature of corrosion management analysis, knowledge sharing between individuals and the network of various agencies throughout the world is essential. This paper presents a framework designed to set up Knowledge Management electronic platform for innovation and building bridges between professionals, technologies and management systems. "We CAN control corrosion in India" is an example knowledge management networking group launched on Linkedin, a social networking site available in public domain for exchange of knowledge and views, to establish global level multi-dimensional communication pathways (Technology Providers-Technology Users-Academic and Research Institutions-Professional Associations-Legislation Support) and guide professionals from various disciplines and other technology groups to network with the best knowledge source for corrosion management. This paper highlights the efforts taken by the corrosion technology networking group to support the initiatives of global indian knowledge connection platform created by the government agencies and the corrosion control efforts of various agencies in India.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Corrosion job opportunities in Qatar through a detailed engineering and project management consultancy company in India

Aarvi Encon is an ISO 9001:2008 detailed engineering and project management consultancy company providing service to chemical, Petrochemical, power, fertilizer, oil & Gas companies.

Corrosion Engineer Positions in Qatar

Main Responsibilities:
  • To provide technical support for issues related to material and corrosion control during start up of new company facilities on and offshore and onshore sites.
  • To provide technical input to Engineering and Venture projects and make corrosion control and material selection recommendations.
  • Review of asset operating philosophies and material selection diagrams to identify corrosion risks and development of integrity operating windows.
  • To monitor performance of corrosion control and mitigation programs for onshore and offshore facilities.
  • To evaluate effectiveness of pipelines corrosion inhibition programs and make recommendations to management based on findings.
  • To develop corrosion descriptions and corrosion loops for Risk Based Inspection programs for existing and new facilities.
  • To support the development, implementation and maintenance of corrosion control procedures.
  • To provide expert advice and assistance on matters pertaining to corrosion mitigation and monitoring.
Qualifications / Experience:

B.Sc in Metallurgy or Material Science and Engineering. Post graduate studies in Materials & Corrosion will be an advantage.
10 years' hands-on experience of materials and corrosion, in relevant Process Industries such as Oil & Gas Onshore and Offshore facilities , LNG Plants and Refineries.
The Corrosion Engineer will report to designated person of the Integrity and Reliability Division and work to the instructions given.
Period of work is initially expected to be for 6 months, with the possibility of being extended further.

For more information, please contact
Purshottam Jagiasi

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Landmark lifeline across Hooghly chewed up by Gutkha - Spit eats into base of bridge

Spit-o-cracy is threatening the safety of Howrah bridge with the daily onslaught of gutkha spat out by pedestrians corroding the protective hoods at the base of its pillars.

Officials of Calcutta Port Trust, the custodian of the 67-year-old bridge that bears the weight of over a lakh vehicles every day, said the commuters’ collective spit power had reduced the thickness of the steel hoods protecting the pillars from six to three millimetre since 2007.

How can Howrah bridge be saved from gutkha spit? Tell

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CORCON 2010, Sep 2010, Goa, India

NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) is organizing CORCON 2010 East Asia Pacific Area Corrosion Conference and Expo during September 23 – 26, 2010 at Hotel Intercontinental -The Lalit, Goa, India. This is a world renowned holiday destination with excellent beaches and old churches.

Corrosion Management Summit, Aug 2010, New Delhi, India

To raise public awareness of corrosion and corrosion control and to share the knowledge and expertise available within the country to industry at large, CII – L M Thapar Centre for Competitiveness is organising a one day Corrosion Management Summit on August 5, 2010 at NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Ind. Estate, New Delhi.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Effect of corrosion on Metrowater Supply in Chennai, India - Is replacement of corroded pipe metallurgy with another material the only choice for finding answers to corrosion problems and water conservation?

Parts of north Chennai are likely to have better water supply since the leaks in the pipelines catering for the localities are being rectified as part of water conservation measures of Chennai Metrowater.
This has been taken up under the Rs.39-crore leak detection and rectification scheme being implemented in a phased manner. The water agency had already implemented the scheme across the city a few years ago. Of the nearly 1,400-km-long pipeline network, a stretch of 466-km long pipeline detected with leaks was replaced.

Monday, May 3, 2010

ONGC gas pipeline leaks in Surat; no causality

A gas pipeline of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), passing through the city, leaked on Sunday causing panic among residents living nearby, police said. However, the incident caused no casualty and leakage was repaired after a struggle of three hours by fire officials and ONGC engineers, they said.

The incident took place near the ONGC circle, they said, adding the pipeline that formed leakage goes from ONGC Hazira plant to Ankleshwar. Fire officials rushed to the spot and evacuated the nearby areas as a precautionary measure, police said. Meanwhile, the ONGC officials said that an inquiry would be held to ascertain the cause of leakage.


Discussion posted on "We CAN control corrosion India" group on Linkedin.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


The Fifteenth National Congress on Corrosion & its Control is being organized  at Chennai, Tamilnadu during  16-18 September 2010

Organized by

Karaikudi 630 006

  In collaboration with

(Council of Scientific & Industrial Research)
Karaikudi  630 006
(A Central University)
 Chennai - 600 119

A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Mars Fontana

Advances in Corrosion Science for Lifetime Prediction and Sustainability

The centennial of Fontana's birth in 2010 provides an opportunity to celebrate his achievements and to convene a meeting focused on Fontana's specialty, application of corrosion fundamentals to solving real problems. In today's world, lifetime prediction and sustainability dominate corrosion engineering design.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cooperation with worldwide scientific and technical societies - A MISSING link for research institutions and professional associations in India

It is quite disturbing to see the present position of our Indian research institutions and professional associations in the global arena for corrosion control and associated science discipline.

Please go through the following links to see our present position.

The World Corrosion Organization - Member Organizations

Cooperating Societies - International Society of Electrochemistry

Where do our institutions miss to establish such collaboration essential for technology developments? Our role is to explore a suitable "Iron Pillar Way" to get a proper berth for INDIA's representation.

Specialized Study on ‘Indian Chemical Industry - Technology Imperatives & Business Opportunities for Speciality Chemicals

The Indian chemical industry, one of the oldest indigenous industries, has been contributing significantly to both industrial and economic growth of the country. There exists an ardent need for making the vibrant downstream industries capable of producing world-class end products through process intensification. This is aimed at establishing a strong presence of Indian chemical industry in the international arena. India also needs to be positioned as global R&D destination so as to attract quality human resources.

Considering the importance of the sector, TIFAC intends to commission a study jointly with Indian Chemical Council (ICC) on ‘Indian Chemical Industry - Technology Imperatives & Business Opportunities’ with emphasis on speciality chemicals. The study aims to capture the needs and aspirations of the Indian chemical industry by formulating a technology roadmap for the speciality chemical sector.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Allowing more depreciation rate for plant and machinery in the chemical industry - Is it good for Corrosion Control efforts? Does it call separate CREDIT for corrosion prevention measures?

Post Budget Memorandum submitted by Indian Chemical Council On The Union Budget For The Year 2010-11

Depreciation Rate for Chemical Industry: The industry employs processes involving the use of highly corrosive materials. The structures (on which equipment is installed) are also made of steel, which is also prone to corrosion. Some of the chemicals like Brine/ Chlorides corrode even Stainless Steel. Reactions and separation processes involve tough conditions in terms of temperature and pressures from extremely high pressures and temperatures to sub zero temperatures and sub-atmospheric pressures/ extreme vacuum levels. All this takes toll on the equipment used in chemical industry. The wear and tear of plant & machinery in the chemical industry is relatively much higher as compared to other industries. The depreciation allowed for the purpose of income tax was earlier @ 25% which was brought down 15%. It is requested that same may be restored to 25%.


H. R. 3462 `Corrosion Prevention Act of 2009' recently introduced in the US calls for:


(a) In General- Subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to business-related credits) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:


`(a) In General- For purposes of section 38, the corrosion prevention and mitigation credit determined under this section for the taxable year is an amount equal to 50 percent of the excess of--

`(1) qualified corrosion prevention and mitigation expenditures with respect to qualified energy-related property, over

`(2) the amount such expenditures would have been, taking into account--

`(A) amounts paid or incurred to satisfy Federal, State, or local requirements,and

`(B) amounts paid for corrosion prevention practices, as certified by a person

certified pursuant to subsection (b)(2).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

India Asset Management - Corrosion Technology Roadmap

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Our Vision We Can Control Corrosion In India

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Reducing Maintenance Budget

Reducing maintenance budget to defer inspection. Is it a good decision? If the focus is on corrosion, Can we consider Corrosion Management precursor of Inspection Management or vice versa?

Corrosion Prevention Act in India

Do we need to have corrosion prevention act in India to encourage corrosion control efforts? What is our present position?

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Journal of Electrochemical Society: Corrosion, Passivation, and Anodic Films - Current Issue

ScienceDirect Publication: Corrosion Science


Latest Issue of Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology

Emerald | Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

CDA: What's New on

ASTM International - New Standards for Corrosion and Wear

ASTM International - New Standards for Committee G01