Sunday, December 28, 2014

India - Corrosion Awareness for Public - Visit our observation:

We all know how much energy is available within the scientific community to resolve corrosion issues faced by the Public. The situation in industries is totally different. It is driven by the investment capabilities of asset owners to do research and find solutions for complex problems. If the assets are owned by the Public, who will extend "Helping" hands for finding answers? Public only. It is purely Public-Public collaboration to resolve our own issues. We need energy to alert the community through human-powered transmission. We start pinging at this time through Corrosion Awareness for Public (CAP).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

India-US Collaboration on Corrosion Control - 2014-2016 term of Commercial Dialogue with a pair of public-private roundtables - One will be on corrosion prevention technologies and standards

US -India Collaborative Dialogues - 2014-2016 term of Commercial Dialogue with a pair of public-private roundtables - One will be on corrosion prevention technologies and standards

U.S.-India Commercial Dialogue: The U.S. Department of Commerce and the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry agreed to inaugurate the 2014-2016 term of the Commercial Dialogue with a pair of public-private roundtables on new areas of discussion that address key U.S. and Indian concerns with regard to manufacturing and infrastructure. One roundtable will be on market friendly approaches to innovation in advanced manufacturing. The other will be on corrosion prevention technologies and standards. 

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Publication Date: 30 September 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

India - Stainless steel makers in a fix over rising imports: Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA)

Stainless steel makers in a fix over rising imports: ISSDA

With capacity utilisation falling to just around 50-55 per cent, domestic stainless steel makers are a worried lot over rising imports from China, Japan and Korea, an industry body said today.

Against around five million tonnes per annum installed capacity, India produced between 2.4-2.8 mtpa stainless steel almost half of which is used in the making of utensils. India is the world's third largest producer also.

"With growing imports from China, Japan and Korea, Indian stainless steel makers are in a fix. We will continue to bleed until basic customs duty on all the key raw materials in India are reduced to zero to ensure a level playing field," said N C Mathur, President, Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA).

ISSDA, which is set to celebrate its silver jubilee later this week, has already communicated its "issues" to the Steel Ministry hoping an amicable solution to the problem.

Mathur also said that the basic customs duty on finished products should also be aligned with the rate applicable in China. Free trade agreements with Japan and Korea have also accorded benefits to these two Asian peers, he added.

Imports of stainless steel from China are likely to go up to 2.5 lakh tonnes this fiscal from 1.13 lakh tonnes in the last fiscal.

Out of total 4 lakh tonnes expected imports in the current fiscal, Japan is likely to contribute 60,000 tonnes and Korea 40,000 tonnes, Mathur said.

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Publication Date: 03 Nov 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

India - Rusty Water to Clean Water - Corrosion of pipelines and fixtures, a major material and health concern in water distribution systems

Water management and research establishments normally explore contaminants that originate at the ground source and pollutants discharged into the main water bodies. They ignore the contaminants that come through corrosion of materials used for water distribution. Present regulations and standards available for infrastructure design, water quality monitoring, operation of aged distribution assets and most importantly, hygienic aspects do not provide any encouragement for corrosion control. High level of Iron contaminant cases reported in many leakage incidents clearly explain the alarming situation of corrosion issue.

Our country uses mixed bag of old and new pipelines with major proposition of iron based materials to transport huge volume of water and distribute to numerous household connections. Contamination proliferates when water with original contaminants is transported through distribution system that uses a variety of unproven materials of construction and uncontrolled disinfectant process.

When iron contamination occurs, our immediate focus is on physical treatment like filtration to remove the unaccepted iron count or getting clinical based antidotes. Our water management agencies do not attempt to find the main causes for this problem and resolve it through proper operation and maintenance of supply network. Corrosivity of water will change from place to place based on the composition. Proper materials of construction have to be selected to suit the specific corrosive situation based on the life cycle analysis executed for the entire network. We need turn Water Rust to Water TRUST

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

India - International Conference & Technology Meet on Military & Marine Applications, IWCEM, 23-25 May 2015, Pune, India

IWCEM - Igniting Research for Application - International Conference & Technology Meet on Military & Marine Applications, 23-25 May 2015, Pune, India

For Symposia Details:

The IWCEM - International Workshops, Conferences and Expo for Military and Marine Applications, were initiated in the year 2008. The events had support and participation from across the globe involving the Defence Services, Shipyards, Coast Guard, Industries, Professional Bodies, Research Organizations and Academic Institutions. The feedback system indicated the events as technically rich and well received with users giving out new projects and accepting transfer of technologies. The fifth edition in 2012, initiated  an international technology meet in panel discussion format, synergizing and adding value to international cooperation in R&D and technology development.

IWCEM 2015
The IWCEM2015, with its motto ‘Igniting Research for Application’, conceives the event as an interactive platform for real time benefit to its participants. It provides opportunity to the industry for product display & presentations with the conference themes. While demonstrating the technical strength of participants in research & development, the technology meet concepts is expected review and initiate the international co-operation in process of product development and transfer of technology, accounting for futuristic user requirement and available R&D talent. The event will offer felicitations to veterans who have contributed to military and marine technologies.

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Source Date: 09 October 2014

India - School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects organised by INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, 13-17 October, 2014

School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects organised by INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, 13-17 October, 2014

The ‘INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy’ was constituted in 1996 to carry out studies related to metallurgical heritage. Prof. S. Ranganathan (Professor, IISc/NIAS); formerly, President, Indian Institute of Metals) was the founder Chairman of the Study Group which is now headed by Dr. Baldev Raj (President, INAE; Director, NIAS) as Honorary Chairman. The Study Group is actively involved in promoting the cause of Indian heritage in metals and alloys as well as in the conservation of archaeological relics of the country. Long term sustainability of these activities calls for building of human resources and an inter-disciplinary approach involving metallurgists, material scientists, historians and practising archaeologists. A knowledge of the scientific basis of conservation as well as characterisation techniques are key to the systematic learning and practising of this profession.

 A five day ‘School on Characterisation and Conservation of Archaeological Objects’,  targeting students and faculties in archaeology, culture and archaeomaterials, is being organized by the INAE Study Group and will be held at CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory during 13-17 October, 2014. The school will cover classroom lectures by leading experts in various areas of conservation and characterisation, experimental demonstrations and visual displays.

Dr. S. Srikanth, Chairman
INAE Study Group on Indian Engineering Heritage on Metallurgy &
Director, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur – 831 007, Jharkhand
Tel : 0657-2345202/2345028; Fax : 0657-2345213

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Global Corrosion Cost - NACE International Institute Selects DNV GL and APQC as Research Partners on Global IMPACT Study in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, and the US

The NACE International Institute has awarded a contract to DNV GL of Dublin, Ohio and APQC of Houston, Texas for data management of the forthcoming International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies study (IMPACT).

Under the contract, DNV GL and APQC will manage the compilation, analysis and integration of research and data for the IMPACT study. Previous studies on corrosion costs have focused only on costs in the US in a few industry sectors.

The IMPACT study will provide a broader range of information by including global data, and by taking a corrosion management practice approach. In addition to analysing the cost of corrosion, this study will compare global practices in an effort to identify best corrosion management practices globally.

“The combined expertise of DNV GL and APQC is well suited for this study,” said Helena Seelinger, executive director of the NACE International Institute. “This is the first time such a comprehensive study of corrosion costs has been done. The amount and scope of data we are collecting requires masterful analysis and I am certain we’ve selected the right firms to get the information our industry needs.”

Managed by former NACE International president and longtime corrosion industry advocate, Elaine Bowman, the IMPACT study will examine the direct and indirect costs of corrosion on several industry sectors worldwide. With the global cost of corrosion estimated at more than US$ 2 trillion (US$ 500 billion in the US alone) the study will also identify opportunities, strategies and techniques to cut corrosion costs by as much as 30%.

“We recognise what an extraordinary opportunity this project presents,” said Neil Thomson, Vice President Pipeline Services, North America at DNV GL. “Contributing our expertise to something of such value and global importance to the corrosion industry is something we’re proud to do. The IMPACT study has the potential to be a game-changer for the way corrosion control is handled worldwide based on its focus on corrosion management practices.”

Global in scope, the study will focus primarily on information collected from Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, the UK, and the US. There are also several industry advocates worldwide who have committed to providing support and data to the study or have committed to serving as technology contributors.

“The widespread support for this study is remarkable,” said Lisa Higgins, President and Chief Operating Officer at APQC. “The co-operation of so many groups is resulting in an unprecedented amount of information on this topic. We are pleased to be partnering with NACE International and DNV GL to analyse and synthesize this data and develop a study that will be of value to corrosion industry leaders and policymakers worldwide for years to come.”

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Publication Date: 07 October 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

India - Material Technology - Stainless steel from SAIL, Salem Steel Plant in Tamil Nadu has been utilized in the Indian Space Research organization's historic Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM)

KOLKATA: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has said stainless steel from its Salem Steel Plant in Tamil Nadu has been utilized in the Indian Space Research organization's historic Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM).

The steel was used for fabricating the fuel and oxidizers tanks of the PSLV-XL which carried the Mangalyan to the red planet, 65 crore km from earth. The quality of the AISI 304 L grade l stainless steel manufactured at SAIL's Salem Steel Plant had to be manufactured to a high specification that could withstand the action of highly reactive fuel and oxidizers over a long period of time without developing any leakages.

This is the second such instance where Salem steel was used to developed in a high profile space mission. SAILBSE -1.26 % had earlier provided stainless steel for the PSLV that launched the Chandrayan in 2008 and other PSLVs.

Chairman, SAIL C S Verma: "We at SAIL feel extremely privileged to have contributed towards ISRO's success in putting Mangalyan in the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt. steel for projects of national importance."

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Publication Date: 28 September 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

India - Water Rust to Water TRUST

India – Water Rust to Water TRUST for minimising corrosion induced water leakages and conserving water resources 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

India - Collaboration for Corrosion Control - Our sincere thanks to you all for taking our collective strength to reach Fortune 500 level, a great feat in our networking

Fortune 500 level, a great feat in our networking to form a formidable Collaboration that expands our knowledge base to resolve corrosion, a global problem, in India. Our sincere thanks to all the members of We CAN Control Corrosion in India Network. We seek your constructive criticism to explore smart changes.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

India - Diaspora Network - Involvement of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the establishment of Knowledge Trust to support Industrial growth in India

Knowledge acquisition is cited as one of the main drivers for migration of talent from one country to another. Our Indian Diaspora takes active part in that process for one way technology development in the land of settlement. At the same time we do not put our diligent efforts in transferring knowledge from the overseas to our motherland. It is not the financial part alone for supporting industrial growth in India. We should develop our commitment to establish Knowledge Trust in various fields though collaboration.

India - Corrosion management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India.

Our country sees tremendous growth in shipping industry. New building of ships is an encouraging sign to cater demands from marine oriented businesses. On the other hand there is a greater shipping demand to deal with refurbishment of aged carriers. We have significant percentage of Indian ships that have crossed 20 years of operation. This fleet requires frequent and extensive repair and maintenance. Corrosion of ship construction materials, the serious concern, often neglected by the industry is paving the way for greater impact in the life cycle cost. Marine fouling is another alarming area that fuels the parameters responsible for corrosion damage. These failures pose greater challenges to the ship owners not only in the materials part, but also leading to high demand for energy consumption and sizeable investment for environmental management. Corrosion should be viewed as an acquisition risk that calls for implementing proper corrosion prevention in the initial stage itself. It is argued that the Indian shipping industry in the present stage has not been so proactive in embracing the use of environment friendly technologies and the implementation of a full fledged life cycle approach would not be an easy task. Corrosion management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India. When these issues are neglected by the asset owners, we will end up in loosing the significant material resources and heavily impacting our marine environment.

Indian shipping ready to take next leap - lifetime licensing model for Indian ships whereby shipping companies no longer need to renew vessel licences every year

The direction and pace at which the government was moving to transform India’s shipping industry would increase buoyancy and investment opportunities, experts said, although the initiatives were yet to make a noticeable contribution to the country’s gross domestic product.

“To stimulate growth in any industry, it is important to put a policy in place, and we can see the government making efforts in this direction. Cutting unnecessary procedures is one of the important steps the government has taken,” a senior executive with Mercator told Business Standard.

In July, the shipping ministry came up with a lifetime licensing model for Indian ships whereby shipping companies no longer need to renew vessel licences every year.

Publication Date: 13 September 2014

India - Oil and Gas Production - L&T Hydrocarbon wins orders worth Rs 1,340 cr offshore contract from ONGC and Rs 580 cr deal from top company hydrocarbon downstream processing firm

L&T Hydrocarbon wins orders worth Rs 1,920 crThe division has secured Rs 1,340 cr offshore contract from ONGC and Rs 580 cr deal from top company hydrocarbon downstream processing firm

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited (LTHE), a fully-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited, has secured new orders in the offshore and onshore segments worth Rs 1,920 crore from domestic oil and gas majors.

“An offshore contract valued at Rs 1,340 crore from the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), won against international competitive bidding, includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation of five wellhead platforms at the Mumbai High North field of ONGC. The project, part of ONGC’s strategy to re-develop Phase-III of Mumbai High North field to enhance production from existing reservoirs, is scheduled to be completed by March, 2016,” said L&T in a press release.

In the onshore segment LTHE has secured a contract valued at approximately Rs 580 crore from a leading company engaged in hydrocarbon downstream processing. LTHE will carry out engineering, procurement and construction of a dual service cryogenic storage tank facility, suitable for liquid ethane and liquefied natural gas and engineering work for the balance of the facilities to be installed at the client’s manufacturing complex.

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Publication Date: 08 September 2014

India - Corrosion Management and Asset Integrity policies of Oil and Gas companies need to be reviewed

It is the collective responsibility of all asset owners involved in the entire petroleum value chain to assure that the corrosion risks from one side are not transferred to the other party by implementing the adequate mitigation and monitoring means. They need to change their approach from reactive to predictive one . Upsets in stream composition and operating conditions are the precursors for accumulation of risks to an unacceptable level. Corrosion management policies of our oil and gas companies have to be reviewed through an independent audit system involving domain experts. They need to develop a proper corrosion management plan for their assets and should follow predictive approach.  We do not find the proper human resources for corrosion monitoring and control in their setup. Internal talent system of these companies should be properly equipped with corrosion management knowledge base to resolve the integrity challenges.

Monday, September 8, 2014

India - No proper focus on corrosion issues covered in the integrated water quality monitoring plan and water policy administered by the central system

Our non-revenue water is increasing day by day. We see numerous incidents of pipeline leakages reported in our country. Corrosion induced pipeline leakage is one of the major concerns completely ignored by water management authorities. There is no focus on these issues covered in the integrated monitoring plan and water policy administered by the central system. There is a misconception that nothing can be done about corrosion of old pipelines and the assets in entire distribution network. Numerous incidents of high levels of iron that contaminated public water distribution systems are reported in many parts of India. This is not produced from the water bodies. Now is the time to create awareness for corrosion in water infrastructure and encourage the design houses to employ proper life cycle analysis and choose water composition specific material and corrosion control system.

India - Water conservation plan to be unveiled on September 25, 2014, Ministry of water resources and river development- Our comment: We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST and create awareness for corrosion induced water losses

Water conservation plan to be unveiled on September 25

NEW DELHI: Government has decided to launch a national scheme to conserve water on September 25 — the birth anniversary of late philosopher and political thinker Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

The idea is to conserve the scarce resource through a multi-pronged approach, involving state governments, general public and NGOs.

The annual per capita availability of water is decreasing due to increasing population, indiscriminate use and growing pollution. The new scheme may focus on ground water recharge, use of recycled water and promoting better water use practices in a big way in all sectors under a structured nationwide programme.

Announcing the decision to launch the scheme, the union water resources and river development minister Uma Bharti on Friday asked officials of her ministry to prepare the final blue-print of the 'National Water Conservation and Water Enrichment' scheme within 11 days so that it could be kicked off on time.

Seeking free and frank opinion of the officers on various issues, the minister also asked the officials to extend their suggestions "without any fear and hesitation".

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Publication Date: 06 September 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

India - Loss due to corrosion can be 4 per cent of GDP and no proper study available to show the exact loss, says Director, CECRI - Our comment: Establishment of collaboration is completely ignored by the concerned establishments

The annual loss due to corrosion has been estimated at about 4 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Vijayamohanan K. Pillai, Director of CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), said and exuded confidence that the 17th National Congress on Corrosion Control, which got off here on Thursday, would evolve strategies to mitigate the problem.

Speaking at the inauguration of the three-day congress organised by National Corrosion Council of India (NCCI), in collaboration with CSIR-CECRI, Indian Oil Corporation and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), he said scientists, engineers, technologists and industrialists would evolve strategies to mitigate different types of corrosion.

Later talking to reporters, Mr. Pillai said though there was no proper study available to show the exact loss due to different types of corrosion, it had been estimated at 2 to 4 per cent of the GDP.

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Publication Date: 01 September 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

India - Medical Implant manufacturers and surgical houses have to closely interact with users for executing evidence based corrosion research to enhance the quality of materials.

It is healthy news for the implant users in India. Our congratulations to the research team in EDI who brought this innovation to the market. Corrosion of implants is one of the areas like water contamination that directly affects the public. They do not know how to select the proper materials suitable for the body conditions. The judgment is merely made on the cost basis provided by medical houses. When a compromise is made on cost, the users with corrosive implants are exposed to many after effect health impacts. Corrosivity of implants is influenced by the composition of body fluid and the practices the implant users follow for their routine activities. It is highly impractical to simulate the exact composition of body fluid in the laboratory to test various material choices for implants. Selection is made on trial and error basis. This leads to many uncertainties when the failures are reported by the end-users. Implant manufacturers and medical houses have to closely interact with the users to create awareness for corrosion of implants and execute evidence based research to enhance the quality of materials. When maintenance of any material after corrosion is impossible like the one for implants, it should be a lifetime corrosion resistant material selected for the intended purpose. Manufacturers should provide corrosion control warranty for these products. Our government system has to encourage the implementation of corrosion control for such critical areas through providing incentives for research, encouraging indigenous efforts or minimizing duty on imported technologies and components. Present research status on this public issue in India is not showing an encouraging sign to the end-users. We need to bridge the experience of overseas Indians in this domain with the talent and research system in India. We CAN Control Corrosion in India

India - Metal implants set to get rust-resistant - Corrosion control technology for implants developed by Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: Metal plates and rods for internal fixation of fractures are being used for more than a century now, but corrosion remains a persistent challenge in orthopedics. From cancer to immune dysfunction, rusting of metal implants pose risk of life-threatening health conditions.

In such a scenario, Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) has developed a mechanism to render orthopedic implants rust-resistant. EDI has secured patent for the invention that promises to be a revolution in the healthcare sector.

Implant plates are made rustproof by chemicals, fixtures, electric current and voltage. The process has been invented by technocrats and scientists led by senior faculty K K Shaw of EDI's International Centre for Cluster Competitiveness, Growth and Technology. Senior orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist Dr H P Bhalodiya says, "In India, we generally don't use pure titanium or stainless steel implants as they are overpriced. Since Indian doctors use half-price plates that are a mixture of various metals they corrode after coming in contact with internal environment. In most cases, rusting starts in less than one year."

"Rusting roughens metal surfaces and releases ions from the metal or alloy. This leads to toxic reactions and serious allergies. Studies show metal can cause the entire immune system to be suppressed. At times, small flakes of metals enter the bloodstream and soft tissues causing damage to DNA and increasing the risk of cancer," Dr Bhalodiya added.

Shaw says corrosion transmits contamination like iron particles, aluminum oxide, silicon carbide and various wax compositions on the surface generated by machining which is harmful to orthopedic implants.

"This invention eliminates the contamination of implants. The process is basically an electrolytic dissolution of metal chips and fine particles by applying direct current," he adds.

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Publication Date: 28 August 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

India - Corrosion Awareness Awards instituted by NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS), CORCON 2014, 12-14 November 2014

Dear Sir / Madam,

To commemorate Corrosion Awareness Day, NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) will be presenting Corrosion Awareness Awards to honour and respect individuals / institutions for their contribution to corrosion awareness and development in the field of corrosion science and technology in India during CORCON 2014: 12 – 14 November 2014 at Mumbai.

We solicit your participation in any of the eleven categories in which applications are adjudged for bestowing the awards. Details of all awards and guidelines / procedure for the submission of applications for various types of awards are given in the enclosed brochure - NIGIS Award and application form.

We request you to participate in this prestigious program of NIGIS and contribute for its success by:
Submitting your application for an award
Informing all concerned persons of your / other organizations regarding NIGIS Awards and inspiring them to submit their application for the award.

The last date of submitting the application is 15 September 2014. We are looking forward for your NIGIS Award application and continuous support for the NIGIS activities.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate contact us.

Thanking you. With regards
Rishikesh Mishra
Manager, Technical Services
NACE International Gateway India Section
305-A, Galleria, Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Tel: +91-22-25797354 Fax: +91-22-66921572
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Friday, August 22, 2014

US and Canada - Renewable Energy - 1.5 Million Solar-Panel Systems recalled over Corrosion Problem

SolarWorld is recalling approximately 1.3 million solar panel systems in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada because of a possible electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard. The company said Thursday that panels installed with bare-copper grounding lugs can corrode, possibly resulting in a faulty ground circuit. The lugs are brown in color. SolarWorld said it has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs. No injuries have been reported.

The systems were sold from June 2011 to June 2014 and priced between about $1,000 and $10,000. The installation instructions for SolarWorld systems sold after June 1, 2010 called for GBL-4DB lugs for grounding. The instructions have been revised to require tin-coated lugs, Ilsco part number GBL-4DBT. "T" is for tin-coated and indicated by the lug’s silver color. Consumers who can identify the improper lugs should contact SolarWorld for replacement. Those who can't identify them should contact SolarWorld to have an authorized agent inspect them and replace the lugs. Consumers can call SolarWorld toll-free at (877) 360-1787, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or click on the “Product Safety” at

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Publication Date: 22 August 2014 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

India - Oil and Gas Infrastructure - It should not be the blaming culture when integrity of assets is dealt by multi-owners who are involved in the entire value chain

It should not be the blaming culture when integrity of assets is dealt by multi-owners who are involved in the entire value chain. Before process fluid gets transported through any asset, corrosion risk assessment has to be compulsorily carried out to determine the adequacy of transmission system to handle the fluids of varied composition and operating conditions. It is very difficult to ascertain the time of whole upsets in any process system. Not all parameters can be analysed in real time to trigger the range of actions needed to bring it to normal state. Our oil and gas companies have to improve the present status of their corrosion management and assure the integrity of assets. Replacement of pipeline after defined period is not the only solution for this type of failure. There is no point in identifying quick fix for corrosion issues. We need to learn from the failures as well as successful operation regime to bring the design values for new systems.

India - Shipping - Our government has to formulate a suitable policy for safeguarding the integrity of present fleet of ships through proper corrosion control programs

We have a celebrated maritime history. Our government has to formulate a suitable policy for safeguarding the integrity of present fleet of ships. Shipping act should include more stringent integrity assurance processes and encourage the owners to preserve it in a proper way and extend the life through employing appropriate corrosion control programs. Corrosion of many components in the shipping industry is greatly neglected by the owners.

India should take big strides in shipbuilding, says our Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India should take a lead in shipbuilding given the increase in the global trade via sea-route, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the foundation stones laying function of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Port Connectivity Road at Sheva, in Navi Mumbai on August 16, 2014.

Stating that shipbuilding is now a big opportunity, the Prime Minister said his government will encourage foreign investment in shipbuilding. Noting the strides that South Korea has taken in shipbuilding, Modi said India should also try to do so.

Addressing a large public gathering at the function site, the Prime Minister said his Government had conceived Sagarmala, an ambitious project for maritime states. This would envisage not merely port development, but port-led development which would include ports, SEZs; and rail, road, air and waterway connectivity with the hinterland, including linkages of cold storage and warehousing facilities. Noting that two-third of all global trade, and 50 percent of container trade happens through the Indian Ocean, Modi highlighted the importance of the ports sector. Ports can become gateways to India’s prosperity, he added.

The Prime Minister said the government is concerned at the large number of stalled SEZ projects across the country, and a high-level team has been constituted to review the problems and resolve them at the earliest.

Emphasising on the need to focus on export promotion, he said, “Until we join manufacturers in export promotion, and unless states and centre work together, we cannot achieve new heights in exports.” Modi added that the Union Government had recently convened a meeting with states to understand bottlenecks in exports, and states would soon be given the right to form their own Export Promotion Councils.

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Publication Date: 18 August 2014

India - Oil and Gas - Petroleum Ministry says negligence caused fire at GAIL pipeline (June 2014 incident) in Andhra Pradesh

NEW DELHI: The Petroleum Ministry has blamed negligence for causing the devastating fire at state-owned gas transporter GAILBSE -1.59 % India Ltd's gas pipeline in Andhra Pradesh that killed 22 people.

An inquiry committee, headed by Joint Secretary (Refineries) Rajesh Kumar Singh, in a report submitted last week concluded that negligence caused the fire at the Tatipaka-Kondapalli pipeline on June 27.

Sources said the committee found that the pipeline had corroded due to condensate and water that came along with the natural gas from an Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) field.

Water corroded bottom of the pipeline, causing pores in the underground pipeline. Gas was being transported at high pressure and it leaked along with flammable condensate leaked out to the surface on the night of June 26/27. Overcast weather lead to a cloud of gas being formed even as condensate sprayed on the ground.

A spark, possibly from a cigarette or bidi lit by a local, at 0545 hours on June 27 led to condensate and cloud of gas catching fire with a loud explosion.

The other source of the massive fire is being mentioned as a tea vendor lighting up a stove in the vicinity of the leak, scorching everything in a radius of about half a km, including houses and vehicles, in Nagaram village of East Godavari district.

The exact source may not known as everything including the persons were charred, sources said.

Sources said gas should have been stripped of waste and condensate at GAIL's Nagaram facility before being pumped into the pipeline for transportation to a power plant.

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Publication Date: 17 August 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

India - Science and Technology - Collaboration is very much needed in areas like Corrosion Management that call for interdisciplinary approach of conserving the present material resources through innovative practices

The present status of collaboration between various scientific and industrial resources in our country is not showing an encouraging sign for the innovators with big ideas. Collaboration is very much needed in areas like Corrosion Management that call for interdisciplinary approach of conserving the present energy and material resources through innovative practices and developing entirely brand new indigenous technologies. There are many challenges associated with establishing science and technology based entrepreneurial life in India. Our research and development institutions should open their doors for collaboration with the talent pool to give them the energy for tackling the entrepreneurial risks and gaining the essence of technology and business advancements.

Friday, August 8, 2014

India - When steel is preferred by the industries as an economical material choice, they need to focus on improving the life of steel structures through corrosion control activities.

Steel is one of foremost structural materials used by industries in India. Industrial expansion, especially infrastructure development, allows higher consumption of steel because of its economical value. When the economical choice is preferred by the industries in India, they need to focus on improving the life of steel structures through corrosion control activities. The present status of corrosion awareness among these end-users for steel is not showing an encouraging sign to conserve this material. Worldwide surveys show nearly 3.5 to 4% of GDP is lost through corrosion losses. Our country is no exception to this corrosion, often termed as metallic cancer and number one life limiting phenomena for poor performance of assets made out of steel.  We see numerous incidents of steel pipe failures in various sectors. There are deadly damages reported in  gas transportation and chemical industries because of negligence on corrosion. Design houses should run the Life Cycle Analysis to select the suitable materials of construction and determine the needs for corrosion control and monitoring. The present status of corrosion awareness among Indian industries is very limited. Our government has to introduce corrosion prevention act for encouraging corrosion control efforts and conserving the precious material resources we have at the present time. There is a huge gap between the research establishments who focus on analysing corrosion as a scientific problem and the industries who expect economical value for the assets they establish, operate and maintain. 

India - Steel Industry - India set to become 2nd largest steel producer: ArcelorMittal

NEW DELHI: India's economic prospects have improved and is likely to see major reforms as the coalition era has ended with the new government's majority in the Lok Sabha, steel giant ArcelorMittal has said.

It further said India is poised to become the second largest global steel producer, and mergers and acquisitions in in country's steel sector are likely to "remain active".

The company had recently said that it continued to pursue greenfield projects in Jharkhand and Karnataka.

"Economic prospects have improved in India as the incoming government has won a Parliamentary majority in the Lower House, which breaks the long run of coalition governments, and is expected to allow for significant economic reforms," ArcelorMittal said in a report. The growth prospects in the country are bright, it added.

"The country has become the world's third largest steel consumer after China and the United States and is expected to become soon the world's second largest steel producer worldwide," it said.

The merger and acquisition activities are expected to "remain active in the Indian steel and mining industry though at a lower pace considering the current economic slowdown".

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Publication Date: 06 August 2014

India - Negligence of corrosion by the Industries is the foremost reason for huge economic losses and deadly property damages

Corrosion is completely ignored by the Industries in India. They have misconception on finding the right technology solution. Corrosion is an environment specific issue. The damage rate will vary from place to place depending on many factors, most importantly corrosion management attitude of end-users. We do not find our industries employ corrosion management professionals to look after the various processes right from the design through to operation and maintenance of plant assets. Running an intelligent pigging or simply injecting a corrosion inhibitor alone will not find technical answers for the challenging issues. Integrated corrosion management using appropriate resources is very much essential to avoid costly failures. Industries and government agencies should open their doors for collaboration with the related resources to find cost effective corrosion control answers. Life cycle analysis has to be executed to choose the right material of construction and identify corrosion and safety vigilance required for industrial assets. We need to follow stringent norms for assets passing through public locations. Our government has to introduce corrosion prevention act and safeguard the public from these deadly damages

India - Oil and Gas - GAIL pipeline accident in Andhra Pradesh - High-level probe ordered by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas states that GAIL did not make any efforts to replace an "already corroded" pipeline, which exploded on June 27, killing 19 people

Nagaram blast: Probe nails GAIL, says it ignored disaster warnings

HYDERABAD: Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), the country's largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company, did not make any efforts to replace an "already corroded" pipeline, which exploded on June 27, killing 19 people and wounding scores in Nagaram village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, concluded a high-level probe ordered by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas.

The pipeline was 'prone to leakages' and warnings of an impending disaster went unheeded for a long time, the probe added.

"Around 7-8 leakage incidents have taken place in the natural gas pipeline (5.8 km from GAIL, Tatipaka) including a few in March this year," the probe report prepared by the committee, headed by RK Singh, joint secretary (refineries) in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, states.

To make it worse, earlier repairs to the "leaking lines" were done either by "clamping" or by "sleeves" ( a corrosion protective wrap), which the report available with TOI says "cannot be considered a permanent repair methodology".

The probe team comprising Oil Industry Safety Directorate, National Disaster Management Authority among other agencies, did not find any evidence of any fool-proof repairs to the pipeline that runs through Nagaram village.

ONGC supplies the gas to GAIL, which in turn supplies it to Lanco Infratech Ltd, besides some thermal plants and fertilizer units locally.

Such was the intensity of the June 27 blast that flames rose to as high as 250 metres killing scores of birds and animals, burning hundreds of coconut trees and reducing about a dozen houses and many vehicles to ashes.

While, the Union government ordered an immediate probe, GAIL suspended a few officials and announced compensation, which the AP government sources described as "too little, too late."

Following an on-site investigation last month, the probe team said there was no evidence of any "integrity check-up" of the pipeline, and "no plan drawn up to replace the leaky portion of the line with a new pipeline."

While locals could not detect the odourless gas, the deafening blast occurred between 5.30am and 5.45 am after a tea stall owner lit a stove to prepare tea for a family, about 200 metres from the place where the gas leaked.

The leak probably occurred overnight and was undetected and due to cloudy conditions, the gas settled at a lower height, the report says.

What left the probe team stumped, sources said, was how during the course of maintenance work way back in 2010, experts found corrosion (damage) in the same lines and three years later recommended infusion of a 'corrosion inhibitor', a chemical compound which decreases the corrosion rate of the metal.

Investigators also said the high-intensity explosion could have also been aided by the presence of condensate, a low-density mixture of hydrocarbon liquids, present as gaseous component in the raw natural gas, which GAIL received from ONGC.

The region is prone to such blasts, mostly due to human negligence, and about a dozen such incidents have taken place since 1990 when oil and natural gas exploration picked up in the Krishna-Godavari basin.

While the probe team will soon submit a final report to the petroleum ministry, the Andhra Pradesh government is also conducting a full-fledged inquiry into the disaster and has already said it will recommend strong action and overhaul of the damaged pipelines.

The 200 km gas pipeline, 18 inches in diameter, stretches from Thatipaka refinery that produces seven lakh cubic metres of natural gas per day.

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Publication Date: 07 August 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Corrosion of Electronic Gadgets due to human sweat - An OTA update to fix corrosion on the LG G Watch - Users have been complaining about a skin irritation while wearing Watch, especially during an exercise

An OTA update to fix corrosion on the LG G Watch?

Seems strange, but it is pretty much possible. LG’s G Watch users have complained of irritation on the skin where the watch touches the body.

Android police reported that LG G Watch users have been complaining about a skin irritation while wearing the LG G Watch, especially during an exercise.

The reason — while exercising, the body sweat, which contains salt, reacts with the charging pins on the rear panel of the watch. This creates corrosion and irritation to the user’s skin.

The main reason behind the corrosive issues is that the LG G Watch has a small amount of current passing through it even when it is not being charged on the charging dock. This small current reacts with the salt in the sweat to cause a chemical reaction between the charging terminals.

In order to overcome the problem, LG has rolled out an OTA update which can prevent the corrosive reaction and stop the skin irritation.

You may be wondering how a software update can prevent corrosion. Yes, anyone would too.

Well, LG’s G Watch OTA update will cut off the power output to the pins when it is not on the dock. This will have no reaction with the salt in the sweat and prevent the corrosion. However, those who already have a corroded pin issue would have to get the watch serviced from an LG service center.

LG should have taken care of the problem at the design stage itself. A watch will definitely be in contact with the skin and the sweat can corrode the pins (usually made from copper) within a few days. Now that the issue has been made public, it is likely of LG to call back all units to have the pins replaced with a durable metal that would not corrode. Hopefully, those who are not using their LG G Watch smartwatch could benefit from the new OTA.

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Publication Date: 06 August 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

India - Non-Ferrous Metal Market - Nickel price falls due to subdued demand from alloy-makers

India - Non-Ferrous Metal Market - Nickel price falls due to subdued demand from alloy-makers

Nickel futures traded a shade lower at Rs 1,131.40 per kg today as participants kept their positions restricted amidst sluggish demand from alloy-makers in the domestic spot market.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange, nickel for delivery in September fell by 70 paise, or 0.06%, to Rs 1,131.40 per kg in a business turnover of 18 lots.

The metal for delivery in August also shed 50 paise, or 0.04%, to Rs 1,126.20 per kg in a turnover of 858 lots.

Market analysts said the fall in nickel prices at futures trade was mostly in tandem with a weakening trend at domestic market due to subdued demand from alloy-makers.

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Publication Date: 04 August 2014

India - Non-Ferrous Metal Market - Select copper, nickel, brass and zinc prices declined as stockists sell amidst subdued demand from industrial users

Mumbai, Jul 30 (PTI) Select copper, nickel, brass and zinc prices declined at the non-ferrous metal market here today on stockists selling amidst subdued demand from industrial users.

Meanwhile, tin and copper sheet cutting prices rose on stockists buying amidst firm demand from industrial users.

Globally, lead fell on early trade at the LME, after a weaker technical close pushed investors to take profits and after the metal rose more than five percent this month as it slipstreamed zinc.

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Publication Date: 30 July 2014

Zinc sheds 0.28% on global cues, sluggish demand

Zinc prices eased 0.28 per cent to Rs 143.55 per kg in futures trade today as speculators trimmed positions amid a weak trend overseas.

Besides, low demand in domestic spot markets fuelled the downtrend. Market analysts attributed the fall in zinc futures to a weak global trend and subdued demand from consuming industries at domestic spot markets.

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India - Science and Technology - Scientist calls for collaboration in energy: fault in the extent of collaboration between individuals and organisations.

Scientist calls for collaboration in energy

A country which was able to create its own fast breeder nuclear reactor does not have engineers to design windmills, said scientist Baldev Raj, while delivering the Brahm Prakash Memorial medal lecture at IIT-Madras, on Monday.

Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT-M, presented the medal, instituted by the Indian National Science Academy, to Mr. Raj who delivered a lecture titled ‘A Perspective on Technology Challenges with Emphasis on Energy Security and Sustainability’.

Touching on various subjects regarding production of electricity from various sources and its transmission, Mr. Raj found fault in the extent of collaboration between individuals and organisations, and the inability to create breakthrough technologies in the power sector.

He cited the background for creating indigenous fast breeder reactor technology by involving 250 organisations. He also pointed out that energy conservation required a community effort and the government alone could not make a big impact in energy efficiency.

Monday, August 4, 2014

India - Water Distribution – Concern over technical ambiguities of Kolhapur Municipal Corporation's (KMC) Rs 485-crore Kalammawadi pipeline project - Spiral Vs longitudinal welding.

Padma awardee raises concern over direct pipeline water supply project

KOLHAPUR: Padma awardee and former director of Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Shivram Bhoje, has raised serious concerns over the "technical ambiguities" of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation's (KMC) ambitious Kalammawadi direct pipeline project. The civic activists and corporators too had criticized the civic body over the project.

The civic administration has made provision to use 'longitudinally welded' pipes instead of 'spirally welded' ones for the Rs 485-crore project, which aims to supply regular and clean water to the city for the next 30 years. Bhoje, a veteran scientist, on Saturday claimed that the spirally welded pipes are more robust.

While addressing a meeting of civic activists, Bhoje said, "After conducting a study, I came to a conclusion that the longitudinally welded pipes are not susceptible for the stretch of 52 km of the project. Besides, the project can be completed speedily if spirally welded pipes are manufactured on the site. It can help reduce cost of the project."

The veteran scientist said the quality of the project is likely to deteriorate if the longitudinally welded pipes are used. Bhoje has written to municipal commissioner Vijayalakshmi Bidari for changes in the clause for the use of pipes and is awaiting an answer.

Meanwhile, the civic activists alleged that huge corruption is likely while executing the project, as around 80% of funds will be spent on the pipes.

Baba Indulkar of city-based civic forum Common Man said, "The changes in the clause have increased the scope for corruption. The civic administration is yet to issue work order to the contractor. Before doing so, the civic officials should make necessary changes in the technical details of the project or ensure that despite using longitudinally welded pipes, no leakages will take place."

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Publication Date: 03 August 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oman- Industry-Academia Collaboration - Corrosion Control - Nano technology based Corrosion Research program (electroless Nickel-Phosphorous coating with nano additives) of Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE) to fight corrosion of oil pipelines

Muscat: Researchers at the Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE) are studying the possibility of using nanotechnology to fight corrosion of oil pipelines, which costs millions of dollars to the industry.

According to a statement issue by the college, a research team led by Elansezhian, R. V. Murali and Muhammad Mumtaz Mirza will develop new coating patterns based on nanotechnology that can be applied on the oil pipelines to combat corrosion. "The researchers are developing an electroless Nickel-Phosphorous coating with nano additives. The new coating will make an amorphous layer and it can prevent corrosion," the statement added.

Corrosion problem
Corrosion of pipelines is one of the major problems faced by engineers and technicians in the oil field. The annual cost of corrosion worldwide is over three per cent of the world's GDP and is around $2.2 trillion as per the National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

Moreover, accidents caused by corroded structures can lead to huge safety concerns, loss of life, and resources. "The research outcome will be included into the CCE curriculum and it will also help in developing technical expertise in combating corrosion of pipelines in Oman," the statement adds.

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Publication Date: 13 July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

India - Corrosion induced Water Contamination - 1.8 lakh people forced to drink unsafe water in Odisha: CAG - Reported iron content ranging from 1.18 to 6.5 mg/ltr is indicative of water pipeline corrosion

1.8 lakh people forced to drink unsafe water in Odisha: CAG

Investigation found no unit had been set up to monitor water quality in Odisha. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India said 1.80 lakh people were forced to consume unsafe water supplied under 73 rural schemes due to the absence of a facility to test its quality in Odisha.

According to CAG report on General and Social sector, a monitoring and investigation unit should be set up at the State headquarters for monitoring the quality of water. “All the water supply sources should be tested at least twice a year for bacteriological contamination and once a year for chemical contamination. Scrutiny of records found that such unit was not set up.

“Due to the absence of regular monitoring and testing of water quality, 1.80 lakh people were consuming unsafe water from 73 RPWS schemes,” it says.

“Executive engineer of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Bhawanipatna Division conducted water quality testing of 137 schemes which were not done since their commissioning. The test revealed that water under six schemes contained excess fluoride beyond permissible limit (1.5 mg per litre), which ranged between 1.58 mg/ltr and 1.72 mg/ ltr,” the report says.

It maintains that these schemes were commissioned during 2007-13 involving an expenditure of Rs. 2.12 crore and allowed 0.15 lakh rural population to use water without ensuring the prescribed safety norm.

Similarly, water supplied under 67 schemes had iron content ranging from 1.18 mg/ ltr to 6.5 mg/ ltr, which was beyond the permissible limit of 1.0 mg/ ltr as per Bureau of Indian Standard. These schemes were commissioned between 1993-94 and 2012-13 with an expenditure of Rs. 17.66 crore to provide safe drinking water to 1.65 lakh rural population.

Though the water of these projects did not conform to the prescribed standard, they were not declared as defunct and no alternative measures were taken to provide safe source, CAG says.

The agency also detects iron content to tune of 3 mg/ltr at Keredi in Kandhamal district.

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Publication Date: 30 July 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

India - Diaspora Knowledge Management Network - Arise, Awake and Collaborate to strengthen knowledge base of We CAN Control Corrosion in India - Latest members are from USA, Algeria and India

Arise, Awake and Collaborate to strengthen knowledge base of  We CAN Control Corrosion in India, Science and Engineering Diaspora Knowledge Management Network - Members Strength 487 - Latest members are from USA, Algeria and India .

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Publication Date: 29 July 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

India - Metal Price - Base metals (Copper, Zinc, Tin and Nickel) rose at the non-ferrous metal market - stockists buying amid sustained demand from industrial users

Base metals rose at the non-ferrous metal market here today on stockists buying amid sustained demand from industrial users.

The industrial metal, copper was little changed in early trade at the LME, shrugging of news that miners in Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that have been halted since January, while traders awaited a string of flash manufacturing sector reports.

Tin and Nickel climbed by Rs 5 per kg to Rs 1,580 and Rs 1,245 from wednesday's closing level of Rs 1,575 and Rs 1,240.

Copper scrap heavy moved up by Rs 3 per kg to Rs 489 from Rs 486 previously.

Copper utensils scrap, brass utensils scrap and zinc edged up by Rs 2 per kg each to Rs 448, Rs 337 and Rs 194 as against Rs 446, Rs 335 and Rs 192 yesterday.

Copper cable scrap, copper armature, copper wire bar, copper sheet cuttings and brass sheets cuttings all inched up by Re 1 each to Rs 495, Rs 471, Rs 523, Rs 464 and Rs 356, respectively.

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Publication Date: 24 Jul 2014

India - Water Distribution - Issue of water scarcity due to corrosion - No requirement for two separate pipelines for supply of water to individual terrace water tanks and for direct supply, says Urban Development Minister in Rajya Sabha

Issue of scarcity of water in Gole Market area here came up in Rajya Sabha today.

Water is supplied through a single pipeline for water tank and quarters in DIZ Area, Sector 4, Gole Market.

Replying to questions in this regard, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said doubling of supply pipeline is no solution to the problem.

"Technically, there is no requirement for two separate pipelines for supply of water to individual terrace water tanks and for direct supply."

He said efforts were on to augument the supply and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been asked to replace pipelines which are "old and rusted".

The Minister further said there is a concern all over the country on water as ground water was depleting and rains were getting scarce and stressed on rain water harvesting.

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Publication Date: 24 July 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

India - Packaging Industry - Corrosion Control - AkzoNobel opens production facility for packaging coatings (food and beverage cans, caps and closures) in Thane

AkzoNobelopened a new production facility in Thane, Maharashtra, to manufacture coatings for the metal packaging and flexible packaging industries on July 11, 2014. Built at an investment of Euro 1.8 million (about Rs 14.5 crore), the primary markets the production facility site will serve are India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia.

This production facility, called Project ‘Taj’, has a capacity of 5000 tonnes a year and is set to produce a broad range of products including specialised coatings for food and beer cans, internal and external coatings for caps and closures, and water-borne external coatings for beverage cans. The new production facility will also be capable of producing various functional and barrier coatings for the flexible packaging industry.

“For packaging coatings, we expect vigorous growth in South Asia to continue into the foreseeable future, so it makes good business sense to invest in production facilities to meet market demand. In India especially, we see enormous opportunities, and having the manufacturing capacity of Packaging Coatings, close to our customers’ means we can better serve them. As a good corporate citizen, AkzoNobel is very much committed to investing in the markets where we are active, as a way to better serve our markets and to provide opportunities for employment in those markets,” said Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India.

Rahul Tikoo, Regional Business Manager, Packaging Coatings, AkzoNobel, added, “The opening of the packaging coatings production facility in India is a testimony to how our customers are always at the heart of whatever we do. When we assessed India’s packaging market, we found that there is a clear need for a partner that can supply packaging coatings that this emerging market requires. AkzoNobel’s new packaging coating unit has the capability to provide end-to-end solutions, which are high on quality and sustainability.”

The Thane production facility is modelled after the state-of-the-art infrastructure of AkzoNobel’s packaging coatings plant in Vilafranca, Spain.

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Publication Date: 14 July 2014

India - Oil and Gas - New Pipeline Project - IL&FS Engineering bags Rs 213-cr contract for laying pipeline from Land Fall Point (LFP), Mangalore Port to Mangalore/Padur Cavern

IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company Limited has bagged an EPC contract worth Rs 213 crore from Indian Strategic Petroleum Ltd (ISPRL), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, for laying of pipeline from Land Fall Point (LFP), Mangalore Port to Mangalore/Padur Cavern via intermediate valve station (IVS) from storage of crude oil project. The total length of the project is 50 km. The contract is to be completed within 15 months from the date of issue of LOA.

The company is currently executing Halol Dahod pipeline project of Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) on EPC basis.

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Publication Date: 11 Jul 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

India - Water Pipeline Leakage in Andhra - Wastage of nearly 5 to 7 million gallons per day of water of the total Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) supply of nearly 65-67 mgd

VISAKHAPATNAM: After the initial euphoria about the southwest monsoon finally making its arrival, Vizagites are now worried about the quality of drinking water being supplied by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). All thanks to rampant leakages in the GVMC pipelines posing health hazards due to mixing of sewage and rain water with drinking water along the pipeline network.

In fact, TOI spotted a leaking GVMC water supply pipeline, leading into a drainage canal, at Siripuram Junction. This apart, there are several complaints filed by residents of areas like Jagadamba Centre and Poorna Market in the Old City, Maharanipeta, AVN College, HB Colony, Pedagantyada, Kancharapalem, Gopalapatnam, Sivajipalem and Pithapuram Colony about leaking pipes to the GVMC. In fact, most of the complainants allege that the leakages mostly occur at junctions where pipelines intersect with drainage canals

One such complainant is Vizag Steel Plant employee K Ramesh, who lodged a plaint with GVMC about a leaking pipeline in Pedagantyada area where he resides. "I brought the water leakage issue to the attention of the GVMC commissioner through a complaint on July 8, but there has been no response from him till date. We are worried that this leakage may result in contamination of tap water due to mixing of rain water," he said.

Meanwhile, GVMC superintending engineer (water works), D Mariyanna said leakages were resulting in a wastage of nearly 5-7 million gallons per day of water of the total GVMC supply of nearly 65-67 mgd to meet the demands of 66 bulk, 3,200 semi-bulk and 2 lakh general tap connection holders in the city, including Anakapalle and Bheemili. "GVMC has to invest about Rs 17,000 per day to procure one MGD of water," Mariyanna added.

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Publication Date: 13 July 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

India - Corrosion Control Conference - Delhi to host International Galvanizing Conference on July 10-11, 2014, jointly organised by International Zinc Association and Hindustan Zinc

KOLKATA: International Zinc Association along with Hindustan ZincBSE 1.92 % is organizing an International Galvanizing Conference in Delhi on July 10- 11 2014.

Around 150 Indian and International experts, opinion leaders, the makers of zinc, galvanizers, first and end users of galvanized products, including top industry executives from Railways, highway authorities, architects and design consultants would come together at the meet to deliberate on the issue of corrosion and discuss the issue of corrosion and discuss how to build sustainable infrastructure for the country.

India is self-sufficient in both steel capacity, being the fourth largest producer in the world, as well as zinc capacity being the third largest producer, globally.

However, in spite of adequate resources, there is huge untapped potential in India, as evident in the low per capita domestic consumption of steel at 57 kg against a world average of 215 kg, and low per capita consumption of zinc at 0.5 kg against a world average of 1.9 kg.

However, India loses around 4-5 per cent of GDP annually on account of corrosion losses. Galvanizing is thus not only important for the long life of public structures, but also for the safety and security of the public using these structures daily.

The country is going through the phase of urbanization and in the upcoming Infrastructure boom, in which galvanization plays a key role.

The conference will be attended by minister for steel, mines, labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar as Chief Guest, and minister of state for steel, mines, labour and employment, Vishnu Deo Sai as Guest of Honour.

Other participants would include Tom Albanese, CEO of Vedanta Resources Plc., with key note address by International Zinc Association executive director, Stephen Wilkinson.

Renowned analyst Andrew Thomas from Wood Mackenzie will provide industry outlook. Officials from Railways, CPWD, NHAI would highlight the potential for galvanizing, followed by sessions from architects, galvanizers and industry opinion leaders on galvanizing in public and private infrastructure.

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Publication Date: 09 July 2014

India – Union Budget 2014-15: In order to complete gas grid, 15000 km of additional pipeline to be developed through PPP mode: FM

Petroleum & Natural Gas
‰ Production and exploitation of Coal Bed Methane reserves will be accelerated.
‰ Possibility of using modern technology to revive old or closed wells to be explored.
‰ Usage of PNG to be rapidly scaled up in a Mission mode.
‰ Proposal to develop pipelines using appropriate PPP models.

India - Union Budget 2014-15 - Basic Customs Duty on stainless steel flat products is being increased from 5% to 7.5%

1) Basic Customs Duty on stainless steel flat products (CTH 7219 and 7220) is being increased from 5% to 7.5%
2) The BCD on ships imported for breaking up is being reduced from 5% to 2.5%.
3) Export duty on bauxite is being increased from 10% to 20% .
4) Basic Customs Duty on coal tar pitch is being reduced from 10% to 5%.
5) Basic Customs Duty on battery waste and battery scrap is being reduced from 10% to 5%
6) Basic Customs Duty on steel grade limestone and steel grade dolomite is being reduced from 5% to 2.5%.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

India - Pipeline Accident - 15 Killed in Blast at GAIL Gas Pipeline in Andhra Pradesh

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh:  At least 15 people have been killed and 10 severely burnt in Andhra Pradesh after an explosion at a gas pipeline belonging to the state-owned Gas Authority of India Limited caused a massive fire.

The blast took place at 5:30 am due to a gas leak in the pipeline, which is near an oil refinery complex at Nagaram, around 560 km from Hyderabad. Several people were burnt alive in the fire that followed, its flames rising almost 20 metres high.

District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said the number of dead could rise.

The fire has been brought under control and the gas supply line has been cut off.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an inquiry.

GAIL chairman BC Tripathi said the fire broke out in an 18-inch pipeline. "The reasons for the accident are not known yet. We are currently focused on rescue and relief operations," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and said he had spoken to GAIL authorities and asked them to ensure relief at the accident site.

GAIL is the country's largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company.

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Publication Date: 27 June 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Corrosion Management Design Query from our networking contact: Generally, What mistakes the designer does during the design stage of equipment? Degradation of equipment due to corrosion & creep / fatigue is very common in Oil & gas industries resulting in poor life and catastrophes

1. Process Design Basis - Corrosive constituents are generally overlooked at the time of formulation and simulation of process design basis. Minor Changes in composition do not dramatically alter the chemical processing and financial expectations of company, but significantly impact material performance. 

2. Corrosion risk assessment during concept select and FEED stages - Selection of appropriate methodology is a fundamental requirement for deriving the usefulness of corrosion risk assessment in the initial phase and then comparing with in-service performance. The risk assessment can be performed through different channels: based on software models/local-regional-international standards/experience from similar units/related plant operation within the same corporate or different corporates in the same geography or elsewhere in the world. If any misconception is encountered in this stage, it will be a life long challenge for various assets/entire plant.

3. Life cycle analysis - Suitable method and cost components should be explored to find the proper meaning for material selection at any point of in-service performance. Ignorance of early warning signals will lead the way for failures of equipments. A balance sheet on annual basis should be developed to assess the "live" performance.  

4. Corrosion control practices - Once the materials and associated corrosion control methods are selected, the application of control measures shouldn't follow the "theoretical" practices. It should be field specific and driven through a "live" management system.

When activities in the above stages are completely or partially ignored, there will not be any guarantee for the performance of equipments. It's not designer fault alone. There will be a lot of difference between the manufacturing defects and operational imperfections. Material Performance is purely based on the collective effort.    

Friday, June 20, 2014

India - Corrosion Control Conference - Exhibition, Conference and Certification Training on Surface & Coatings organised by CII, 4-6 July 2014, Chennai

Greetings from CII !!

I am pleased to inform you regarding our upcoming Exhibition Conference and
Certification Training on Surface & Coatings to be held in Chennai on 4 – 6
July 2014. We look forward for participations from your esteemed
organisation. May please send in your nominations at
 or call at +91 9915593898.

Program highlights –
1.       Around 100 “Exhibition stalls on Technology, Live Demo, New
Products” on 4 – 6 July 2014
2.       “Conference on Surface & Coatings” on 4 – 5 July 2014
3.       Certification Training Course on “Paints & Powder Coatings for
Automobile Industry” on 5 – 6 July 2014

Thank you

Warm regards

Sanjay Namdeo

Senior Counselor - Energy & Corrosion Services

CII - AVANTHA Centre for Competitiveness

Confederation of Indian Industry

Sector - 31 A, Dakshan Marg, Chandigarh

Tel: +91-1725022522/2607228, Fax: +91-172-2606259

M: +91-9915593898, E:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

India - Corrosion Control Conference - CORCON 2014, 12-15 November, Mumbai

NACE International Gateway India Section is organizing CORCON 2014 International Conference and Expo on Corrosion, at Mumbai from 12 to 15 November 2014.

CORCON 2014 will provide an excellent opportunity for exchange of information on matters concerning corrosion and its control. The hallmark of CORCON series of corrosion conferences is the support. NIGIS receives from industry, academia, R&D and defense establishments across the corrosion fraternity. It provides a unique networking platform for interaction amongst professionals related to the corrosion industry.

Please note that Special Registration Fee for Authors

Registration Fee for Presenting Author: Rs 9,500 (US $ 350)
Registration Fee for Student Presenting a Paper: Fee Waived

The abstract of your technical paper should be submitted online on the CORCON website latest by 30 May 2014. CORCON Guidelines and information for the preparation of full text of the contributory (oral / poster) papers are available on this website. Please click on this web link for
registration as a contributory author.

An early confirmation regarding your participation will be highly appreciated

With Regards
Rishikesh Mishra
Manager, Technical Services
NACE International Gateway India Section
305-A, Galleria, Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai - 400076
Tel: +91-22-25797354 Fax: +91-22-66921572
Email: /

Monday, May 12, 2014


Cairn India Ltd. (“CIL”) is the Operator of the Offshore CB/OS-2 block, on behalf of itself and its Joint Venture (JV) partners Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and Tata Petrodyne Limited, located off the west coast of the state of Gujarat, India.

The Scope of Work for this EOI consists of:

CIL intends to award a contract on lumpsum basis for 24” subsea pipeline cleaning and intelligent pigging operation. The Objective of the service is to do thorough cleaning followed by inline inspection using High resolution MFL type intelligent pigs to review, assess, evaluate, and determine internal and external metal loss post pipeline cleaning. Pipeline cleaning services include mechanical cleaning, supply of various types of pigs including calliper and gauge pigs, materials, spares & consumables, supervision, job expert, pig tracking system, etc. Intelligent pigging services include few cleaning runs prior to IP run, inspection tools, Analytical skilled person.

The Pipeline for pigging is of 24 inch diameter with a total length of 35.05 km, with offshore subsea section of 31.55 km and onshore section of 3.5 km. The pipeline carries commingled oil and gas produced from the offshore fields to the Onshore Processing Plant.

Release Date: 12 May 2014
Submission Date: within 14 days

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

World Water Day - 2014 edition of UN Water 'Water for Life' Awards goes to India and Singapore

2014 edition of UN Water 'Water for Life' Awards goes to India and Singapore!

21 March 2014 - The 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award intends to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water-related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices which can ensure the long-term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets.

The 2014 edition, which focuses on 'Water and Energy', has been awarded on 21 March during the official UN ceremony of World Water Day 2014 taking place at UNU Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. Category 1 'Best water management practices' has been awarded to a project focusing on policy research in co-management of energy and groundwater in India: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI)-Tata Water Policy Programme (ITP). Category 2 'Best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practices' has been awarded to a project focusing on wide-scale implementation and public engagement plan of reclaimed water in Singapore: the 'NEWater programme'.

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Publication Date: 21 March 2014

India - Why water is a business issue - An opinion posted in Business Line - no proper awareness and regulation for corrosion control in our country

The world is getting thirstier and so is India. Many causes of increased demand are common at both the global and national level; increasing population, rapid industrialisation, higher standards of living to name a few. The only thing not increasing commensurately is the amount of water available.

The UN Water Conference held in January this year delved into the water-energy nexus and portended that world water demand could exceed 44 per cent of the available annual resources by 2050. So how do these global trends look through the prism of the Indian experience?

At the national level the challenges are acknowledged. Writing about the Twelfth Plan’s water strategy, Planning Commission member Mihir Shah commented, “India faces a major crisis of water ... The demands of a rapidly industrialising economy and urbanising society come at a time when the potential for augmenting supply is limited, water tables are falling and water quality issues have increasingly come to the fore.”

On the table

One consequence, here and elsewhere, is that water is moving up the boardroom agenda. The CDP Global Water Report 2014, authored by Deloitte, presents results of analysis based on the water disclosures of 184 Global 500 corporations. Participants included four major Indian companies. Almost three-quarters of respondents identified water as a substantive business risk. Challenges included business interruption due to inadequate public infrastructure, supply chain disruption due to water scarcity, and reputational damage.

Water risk was seen as immediate. Two-thirds of the risks expected to impact direct operations and supply chains were anticipated to occur within the next five years. To give this local perspective, it is estimated that India has seen a 60 per cent decline in per capita availability of water in the last 50 years; while Ernst & Young predicts industry’s demand for water will grow from 40.86 billion cubic metres (Bm3) in 2010 to 91.63Bm3 in 2030.

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Publication Date: 21 March 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

India - Corrosion Management, an Iceberg for Indian Shipping Industry

India envisages growth potential in shipping industry. The capacity expansion would be undertaken across cargo ships segment such as bulk carriers, tankers, etc. New building of ships is to be used for offshore oil & gas exploration, towage and coastal security. On the other hand, there is a greater shipping demand to deal with refurbishment of aged carriers. Industry analysis showed that over 41 per cent of Indian ships having crossed 20 years of operations leading to opportunities worth 20,000 crore in the shipbuilding and ship-repair industry sector. Ships older than 20 years require frequent and extensive repair and maintenance. This augurs well for the 7,300-crore worth shipbuilding industry, according to an analysis of Indian Shipping Fleet: Size, Capacity and Age Composition conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). It is said that India has a total of 1,122 ships in its fleet and 41 per cent of these, or 466 vessels, fall in the age group of 20 years and more. Considering that the average life of a shipping vessel is about 26 years, most of the existing vessels need to be replaced. An average cost of constructing a large vessel is about USD 100 million. Therefore, the size of this opportunity would be USD 3.3 billion. This whopping figure of refurbishment cost triggers the industrial community to explore the causes for failures.

Although these opportunities are often linked with investment in this sector, this is not a good news for the life cycle analysis and material conservation. How do these failures happen? Corrosion of ship construction materials, the serious concern, often neglected by the industry is paving the way for greater impact in the life cycle cost. Marine fouling is another alarming area that fuels the parameters responsible for corrosion damage. These failures pose greater challenges to the ship owners not only in the materials part, but also leading to high demand for energy consumption and sizeable investment on environmental management.

We see opportunities for establishment of academic and research institutions to effectively deal with developments in nautical science and engineering through various government schemes. But the effective dissemination of life cycle analysis of shipping industry, especially corrosion management, is questionable.

Corrosion Management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India. If the efforts on minimising the life cycle cost through implementing corrosion control methods and appropriate integrity assurance programs are attempted at very slow nautical pace, we will end up in loosing the significant material resources and heavily impacting our marine environment.

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