Wednesday, November 25, 2015

India - Government proposes formulation of National Chemical Policy and establishment of Corrosion Control Bureau. Our Viewpoint: There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians for knowledge transfer to our country.

Our Viewpoint: It is a welcome move to form an agency that will coordinate the entire development in corrosion management of India. Our country needs rigorous research works and effective collaboration between scientific and industrial community. The present focus on producing the fundamental corrosion research works requires to be diverted to deal with real world corrosion problems. On the other hand, Industries have the general perception that we have to depend on foreign technologies for controlling corrosion in India at the present time. This is evident through Global tenders floated for corrosion management contracts. Although efforts are taken by various agencies in India to promote the corrosion control awareness, the present approach doesn't fetch productive results due to many reasons. A singe entity like National Corrosion Bureau is essential to bring all the available resources to a common platform. Collaboration among the stakeholders is the key for finding cost-effective corrosion control anwers. We come across numerous incidents of corrosion induced pipeline leakages leading to huge loss of drinking water supplied to the public. Our present policies on water and environment do not effectively address the importance for corrosion control. The present proposal for National Chemical Policy will encourage the Industries to employ the talents needed for corrosion control. A large pool of Indian science and engineering talents migrated to the overseas for employment in corrosion control and asset integrity management. There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians in this field for knowledge transfer to our country. We CAN Control Corrosion in India for connecting Indian Diaspora Knowledge Base with the Indian talent pool and industries for finding technology answers.
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A National Chemical Policy, which is in the final stages of preparation, provides for the establishment of a National Bureau of Corrosion.

Pollution threat

Addressing a conference on corrosion, CORCON 2015, Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary to the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, said, “Social economic development index of a country is directly linked to consumption of chemicals, which is increasing in India. Since they are also major pollutants, they should be dealt in a way that makes them sustainable.” The steps taken will not only ensure sustainable utilisation of petrochemicals, but also build a supply feedstock to the industry and help combat corrosion, he added.

Corrosion problem

VK Saraswat, Member of NITI Aayog, said “India loses about 7 per cent of its Gross National Product due friction and corrosion,” and added that programs for developing new materials that can withstand corrosion should be carried out.

Publication Date: 19 November 2015

India-Corrosion Conference - CORCON 2015 organisers said that Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion, Our viewpoint: We need a proper survey not only for estimating the realistic corrosion cost, but also exploring the resources available within our country

Our Viewpoint: There are many historic metallic wonders  available to showcase the engineering knowledge glory and material development skills of ancient India. We need a proper survey not only for estimating the realistic corrosion cost, but also exploring the resources available within our country. It is a general perception that we have to depend on foreign technologies for controlling corrosion in India at the present time.  Our country needs rigorous research works and effective collaboration between the scientific and industrial community. The present focus on producing the fundamental corrosion research works requires to be diverted to deal with real world corrosion problems. We observe these corrosion problems everywhere starting from the domestic through to industrial establishments. There are many instances of corrosion induced water pipeline leakages leading to loss of huge volume of water and also posing health threats to Public. There is no effort on solving corrosion problems faced by the Public. Establishing the public friendly collaboration platform for sharing the problems and also experience to resolve such issues is essential for the success of corrosion control programs. A significant number of non-resident Indian engineers are employed by the overseas companies to resolve corrosion and material challenges in their industry side. But the situation in our country is not an encouraging one. Our government needs to tap the talent pool and encourage the growth of Indian Diaspora Knowledge Network in this domain for conserving our material resources and saving the national economy. We CAN Control Corrosion in India.
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Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion
CHENNAI: Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion, an official said.

The three day CORCON 2015 -- a conference on corrosion -- will engage on the technologies and measures to mitigate the loss, said a top official of the organising committee.

"Around Rs.375,000 crore loss is suffered by the country due to corrosion. The three day conference that starts here on Thursday will deliberate on the recent advances in corrosion control and how it is tackled by various industries like chemicals, refinaries, marine, power, fertiliser, oil and others," U Kamachi Mudali, chairman, CORCON 2015 told IANS here on Wednesday.

Publication Date: 18 November 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

India-US - Corrosion Control - MATCOR Inc (USA) appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services as distributor for their Cathodic Protection Services in India. Our viewpoint: It is good to see the collaboration of CP global player with the India-based service provider.

Our Viewpoint: It is good to see the collaboration of CP global player with the India-based service provider for  providing corrosion control services and improving the integrity of industrial assets. There are instances of dreadful pipeline accidents reported in India. We do not see the active recruitment of corrosion engineers by oil and gas companies in India to form the backbone of asset integrity. At the present time, a majority of corrosion management activities are handled by non-corrosion groups.
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Chalfont, PA (November 12, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently announced that the company has appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Private Limited (SGB India) as its distributor in India. SGB will take over the MATCOR operations in India. Both MATCOR and SGB India are Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services (BEIS) companies.

SGB India, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, provides industrial services and construction related solutions. This move to incorporate MATCOR’s proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation solutions enables SGB India to deliver a broader range of services and solutions to customers throughout India.

Article Source: http://www.matcor.com/sgb-scaffolding-and-industrial-services-appointed-matcor-distributor-in-india/
Publication Date: 12 November 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

India - GAIL will deploy drones to guard gas pipelines to raise safety standards. Our viewpoint: No active recruitment of corrosion engineers to form the backbone of asset integrity

Our Viewpoint: 
It is good to note the change in integrity approach after the dreadful pipeline accident. When old infrastructure is replaced with new pipeline system, historical analysis needs to be incorporated in the LCC for proper design. There are many reasons for pipeline failures. Internal corrosion of pipelines is completely ignored by the asset owners. Installation of online analyzers to transmit the real time data for specific parameters is not the only measure for monitoring corrosion. It should be the combination of offline and online data collection of many parameters to track the performance of materials and corrosion control. We do not see the active recruitment of corrosion engineers by oil and gas companies in India to form the backbone of asset integrity. At the present time, a majority of corrosion management activities are handled by non-corrosion groups. There is a sizeable pool of Indian Corrosion Management professionals working in the overseas. Companies in India should open the doors for knowledge collaboration with these professionals to formulate our geography specific standards and develop the talent force. 
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NEW DELHI: GAIL, India's largest natural gas pipeline operator, will deploy drones to guard its pipelines, as part of a host of initiatives to raise safety standards that includes replacing old pipelines and integrating advanced technologies. 

The move follows one of the worst accidents involving the firm in June last year when its pipeline carrying natural gas exploded in Andhra Pradesh, killing about two dozen people and bringing it harsh public criticism. 


A government probe into the accident had highlighted safety lapses at the firm and prompted the regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), to slap a penalty. 

Officials said the company is looking to induce a new culture of safety in the organisation. "We are migrating from a reactive to a proactive management, from a breakdown maintenance culture to a predictive maintenance culture," Karnatak said. 

It is installing online analysers to identify moisture and corrosive substance in the supply, a key reason leading to last year mishap, and increasing frequency of integrity measures. 


GAIL has set up a group of specialists to monitor all pipeline parameters. About 6,500 km of the 11,000 km of natural gas pipeline the company operates have already been examined for their health and the process is underway for the rest. 

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/gail-will-deploy-drones-to-guard-gas-pipelines-to-raise-safety-standards/articleshow/49459763.cms
Publication Date: 20 October 2015

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