Staff Reporter

Companies looking to tap industrial power requirement

  • Kirloskar will package HAL's gas turbine systems
  • Country to have extensive gas grid by 2009

    BANGALORE: The public sector aviation major, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. (KOEL) to package gas turbine systems for power generation and industrial applications.

    The MoU was signed by Hanuman Singh, general manager, Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine Division (IMGT) of HAL, and L.A. Joshi, executive vice-president (Large Engines and Special Projects), KOEL, in the presence of A.K. Saxena, managing director, HAL Bangalore complex.

    Mr. Saxena said industries needed continuous, quality power to be supplied at an affordable price, and the MoU would combine the strengths of HAL and KOEL to achieve that objective.

    Mr. Joshi, said gas turbines were efficient, and combined cycle plants did not have emission issues compared to other modes of power generation.

    The extensive gas grid that would come up in the country by 2009 would make gas turbine packaged power plants very attractive and viable, Mr. Joshi said.

    Stemming the exodus

    Bangalore Special Correspondent writes:

    The Government recently issued an order bringing government-funded research institutes functioning under different commodity boards on a par with those of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

    The move seeks to attract and retain scientific and technical manpower in institutes under the commodity boards in the plantation sector and stem the exodus of scientists from public research laboratories to the private sector in search of better prospects.


    "We have recently issued an order treating all of them on par. Commodity boards such as the Coffee Board, the Tea Board, the Rubber Board and the Spices Board will also be given full powers to substantially carry out restructuring of their manpower profile so that they enhance the quality of technical staff and increase the technical manpower while reducing manpower at the non-technical level," Union Minister of State for Commerce, Jairam Ramesh, said at an Indian Institute of Plantation Management function here last week.

    "The future depends on research. Without research, we will not increase productivity. Without productivity improvements, Indian plantation crops will not be globally competitive," he said.

    India needed new varieties in coffee, tea and pepper to take on global competition, the Minister added.