Wednesday, October 28, 2015

India - Essar Projects and Italy's Saipem win $ 1.6 bn EPC contract for refinery in Kuwait. Our Viewpoint: It is a big boost for the design capabilities of our Indian company in collaboration with an International partner

Our Viewpoint: It is a big boost for the design capabilities of our Indian company in collaboration with an International partner. We see a sizeable population of Indian Engineering professionals working in the EPC companies out of India. Kuwait is one of the oil rich nations that extensively utilize our engineering talent force. Our engineers have got good exposure in International standards and norms followed for EPC projects outside our country. They are known for following stringent quality measures in various stages of the project to achieve the maximum life cycle values. Now is the time to use the Non-resident Indian engineering knowledge pool for the success of collaborative venture.
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Publication Date: 26 October 2015

Essar Projects, along with its joint venture partner Saipem SpA of Italy, has won a $ 1.57 billion EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) contract from Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for setting up Al-Zour Refinery Project (ZOR), Package-4, in Kuwait. This is Essar’s biggest third-party order won in the region.

The New Refinery Project at Al Zour is Kuwait’s biggest development project with crude processing capacity of 615,000 barrels per day (bpd). KNPC has awarded four contracts for the refinery’s construction, worth over $ 13.2 billion to successful international bidders, making it the biggest contract signing for 2015.

Shiba Panda, managing director & CEO, Essar Projects, said, “The project marks Essar’s entry into the Kuwait project market with the biggest EPC contract by an external client. It also signals a quantum growth in our overseas business, showcasing our capability to collaborate with leading international EPC companies and our competitiveness in the face of tough global competition.”

Essar Projects has begun to mobilise resources for the project. Gianluca Mosca, COO -Overseas, Essar Projects, said, “With several large infrastructure and industrial projects being implemented in West Asia, it has become one of the fastest growing markets in the world today. Within a short span of time Essar Projects has carved a name for itself and bagged significant project wins in the region due to its inherent strengths in delivering large and complex projects.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

India’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) - Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN. Our Viewpoint: Engineering professionals who have the ability to transfer industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government

Our Viewpoint: This is a welcome move for bringing the collective academic and research experience from the overseas to our country. One of the major flaws reported in our education system is the gap between industrial expectations and academic system. We come across many reports citing the inefficiency in our curriculum and unsound industry-academia interaction that make graduates not readily employable by industries in India. They are exposed to industrial processes entirely different from the fundamental education path. Our country provides the big pool of engineers for industrial growth in other countries. A large number of schemes like visiting professor and various fellowships are available for the academic and research community. But Engineering professionals who have the
ability to transfer direct industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government and private academic institutions in India.

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Publication Date: 20 October 2015

Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN

Scholars recruited through the GIAN initiative will be paid anything between $8,000 and $12,000 for a contact programme of up to 28 hours. Each of these lectures will also be available online.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet education project to rope in eminent scholars from abroad to teach at Centrally-funded institutions has elicited a response from the likes of Sheldon Pollock, David Shulman and Judith Butler. The HRD ministry is in the process of recruiting as many as 200 scientists and academicians under the Global Initiative of Academic Network or GIAN, a
short-term teaching programme that will be launched by the PM next month.

Friday, October 16, 2015

India - Paint Industry - 12th International Conference cum Exposition on Breakthrough Technologies in Surface Coating - Clean, Green & Global organised by CII, 27-28 November 2015, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

India - Shipping Industry - Conference on Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems (AIMS) organised by CII, 5th November 2016, Visakhapatnam

Conference on
“Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems” (AIMS)
0930 Hrs : 5th November 2015 : Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Visakhapatnam
The Blue Economy : Prospects and Challenges for India

India is the 20th largest maritime country in the world. Its strategic location of a long coastline that flanks important global shipping routes makes it a major maritime nation.

The Blue Economy is a developing world initiative relevant to all coastal states and countries with an interest in waters beyond national jurisdiction. The Blue Economy conceptualizes oceans as “Development Spaces” where spatial planning integrates conservation, sustainable use, oil and mineral wealth extraction, bio-prospecting, sustainable energy production and marine transport. The Blue Economy paradigm constitutes a sustainable development framework for developing countries addressing equity in access to, development of and the sharing of benefits from marine resources; offering scope for re-investment in human development and the alleviation of crippling national debt burdens.

With this objective, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region in association with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) is organising the second edition of One Day Conference on ‘Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems’ (AIMS) at 0930 Hrs on 5th November 2015 in Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Visakhapatnam.


This Conference provides an opportunity to understand the latest scenario in the maritime sector from the eminent experts from the maritime field broadly on the following topics:

Ø  What India can expect out of the Blue Economy
Ø  What India needs to do for deriving the maximum benefit out of the Blue Economy?


·      Business opportunities with the best companies in the industry
·      One to one interaction with the top bureaucrats from leading stakeholders
·      Interact with counterparts in a Colloquium, outcomes of which will be presented to the Government.
·      Opportunity to understand techniques involved in low cost manufacturing of equipments in the ship building industry for SME’s
·      Understand the latest business trends in the Maritime sector from the experts


Public/Private sector maritime organizations especially in the Ship-building and Ship-repair sector, viz. Dock yards, Ports, Harbours, Defence / Maritime departments, Industries / R&D Organisations, Marine / Port Equipment & Technology manufacturers, Electronics / Communications related to marine Industry, Technology Development Institutions / Standard bodies, Policy Makers / Bureaucrats / Consultants, Maritime Institutions / Academic Institutions and others


Delegate Fee for CII Members                               : Rs.2000/- per delegate
Delegate Fee for Non Members                            : Rs.3000/- per delegate
Delegate Fee for Government / Institutions        : Rs.1500/- per delegate

The delegate fee should be in the form of a DD / Cheque in favour of “Confederation of Indian Industry”, payable at Hyderabad.
I am writing to request you to take advantage of this important programme by personally participating and also nominating your colleagues. You may kindly confirm the nomination by returning the attached Registration Form duly filled-in.

I look forward for your positive response.

With Kind Regards 
Ramesh K
Director & Head
Tamil Nadu State, Regional Initiatives & Membership
Confederation of Indian Industry (SR)
Prof. C K Prahalad Centre
98/1, Velacherry Main Road, Guindy, Chennai-600032.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

India announces new climate change targets - Our Corrosion Management Viewpoint: We expect reduced atmospheric corrosion rate of Infrastructure and Public Assets to visualize GREEN shades in our Corrosion Map

Our Viewpoint: The approach of collaborative research and development is a welcome move. At the same time, our government has to institute an independent arm for close monitoring of the research activities executed by various resources in India. The productivity of present research works conducted by a pool of academic and research establishments is always questionable. There is a big gap between the research sources and the end-users. We need proper vigilance on the research funds allocated for resolving society conscious issues. Systematic reviews of research progress have to be compulsorily carried out by purely a nonprofit establishment comprising public, manufacturers, industrial users, civil servants and policy makers to provide unbiased research analysis.

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Publication Date: 03 October 2015

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