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.

Article Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/18-lakh-people- forced-to-drink-unsafe-water-in-odisha-cag/article6263571.ece
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 .







Article Source: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/We-CAN-control-Corrosion-in-2584020/about
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.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/base-metals-rise-on-sustained-demand-114072400937_1.html
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.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/scarcity-of-water-in-gole-market-figures-in-rs-114072400938_1.html --
http://www.ptinews.com/news/4956811_Scarcity-of-water-in-Gole-Market-figures-in-RS-
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.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-chemicals/akzonobel-opens-production-facility-for-packaging-coatings-in-thane-114071400547_1.html
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.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-manufacturing-industry/il-fs-engineering-bags-rs-213-cr-pipeline-contract-114071400701_1.html
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.

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/Leaking-pipes-pose-health-hazards/articleshow/38307763.cms
Publication Date: 13 July 2014
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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.

Article Source:  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/steel/delhi-to-host-international-galvanizing-conference-on-july-10-11/articleshow/38071440.cms
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%.

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