Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Discussion in OIFC Network: CII asks Government to introduce Corrosion Prevention Act - Contributions from Indian Diaspora

Excerpts from our technical paper on "India’s Offshore Integrity – Learn and Use Global Offshore Experience" published in Offshore World, 2010 http://corrosionmanagementsurvey.in/our-publications/: Lord Cullen, commissioned by the Department of Energy, UK to investigate the accident of Piper Alpha, recommends that hazards should be assessed from the earliest stages of design in the same way the nuclear industry does. The new safety directorate for offshore installation in the HSE may draw on the expertise of the nuclear industry (Source: The Public Inquiry into the Piper Alpha Disaster, Cullen, The Honourable Lord, HM Stationery Office, 1990).
Note on Piper Alpha: It was a North Sea oil production platform. This platform began production in 1976, first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men, with only 59 survivors.

Do we have an established asset integrity assurance system to handle the mixed bag of State-owned enterprises and Private Ventures in India? Collaborative Efforts – A Sign of Success for Joint Responsibilities to ensure Integrity of Assets:
It is recognised that there are many ways to organise and operate successful corrosion management systems, each of which is asset specific depending on factors such as Design, Stage in life cycle, Process conditions and Operational history. All the standards and regulations put forward by various agencies across the world are the outcome of joint efforts of Government-Asset Owners-Technology Providers-Safety Agencies-Inspection Authorities-Academia-Research Institutions.

Our country is yet to develop programs like Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) to address the materials and corrosion concerns with specific reference to our Indian operating conditions. Experience gathered from outside sources could be taken as valuable guidelines to enumerate the importance of such studies and initiate JIPs. A school of thought continues to live with our Indian industries that Research community, especially the government owned scientific and industrial research laboratories, do not effectively utilize the research and technical capabilities to deal with the real world conditions.
It is good to know that CII Corrosion Management Committee is headed by Dr Baldev Raj, a leading expert in the Indian nuclear industry.

There is a greater dependency on a variety of resources. Knowledge Transfer from Indian Diaspora in this domain can help the national efforts in a great way. National agencies/research institutions should keep their policies open for receiving such collaborative efforts and encouraging the Indian Diaspora to show interest in the development of a national policy for Corrosion Management.

About OIFC: Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre

1 comment:

  1. Comment from OIFC network is posted here:

    Aravind Gangadharan United Arab Emirates
    posted at 12:10:31 AM on May 04, 2011

    CII organizes seminars in which Indian officials/people's reps are the speakers and delegates should pay, come and listen.

    Let this be changed. Let corrosion experts from Indian Diaspora abroad come and present papers at Govt of India's expense (if Govt is serious about knowledge transfer). Let knowledge receivers (local industries, researchers) pay and attend. Govt officials and people’s representatives should be listeners (and not speakers).

    After the seminar let Govt announce the scheme/legislation so that the money saved by the industry through corrosion prevention shall be enjoyed by common man ultimately at unit purchase end.
    Eg: Corrosion prevention in Oil and Gas should result in petrol / diesel price deduction.
    Corrosion prevention in water supply system should result in water charge deduction.
    Let Indian industries adopt corrosion prevention schemes of their choice from the presenters or through tendering.

    Is it possible to work in this way?


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