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"There is an urgent need for qualified Service Providers to meet the O & M needs of Power Plants"
says Mr Scott Smouse, USDOE
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 7th edition of Power Plant Summit 2011 organised by CII-Godrej GBC, Mr Scott Smouse, Senior Management & Technical Advisor, International, NETL, USDOE, said with the growth in thermal power generation in India, and the addition of captive power plants in the steel, cement, aluminum, and other energy -intensive industry, the need for qualified service providers will continue to grow.

He added that the lack of Service Providers in India was recognized by the Indian utilities who participated in the Power Plant Summit 2008. He hoped that U.S companies participating at Power Plant Summit 2011 will seize the opportunity to start or expand existing strategic partnerships with Indian counterparts for the benefit of all.

Mr Scott, defined world class plant as one that operates at the top or near the top of a long list of performance criteria, including availability, plant load factor, efficiency, emissions, plant safety, cost, etc.

Mr Jeremy Gustafson, Director, CLEEO, USAID, in his address, briefed on the Green House Gas Pollution Prevention Project (GEP). He informed that GEP programme has a long history of association with the Ministry of Power to advance clean energy sources and promote efficient power plant.

Adding further, he said that the Centre for Power Efficiency and Environmental Protection (CenPEEP) was developed under the programme, which today is a knowledge think tank in the Indian power sector. He also said that CenPEEP‚??s activities and initiatives have led to avoidance of 110 millon tons of GHG emissions from the inception of the programme.

Mr N N Misra, Chairman, Power Plant Summit 2011 & Director - Operations, NTPC Limited, in his theme address said power sector in India acts as a catalyst and is the growth engine for India. In this regard, he called on the need to run power plants in India more effectively and as per design values. Mr N N Misra called on the need to develop a fleet of quality service providers and called upon the U.S companies to develop Indian partners who can deliver quality at lower costs.

He underlined that the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme is achievable for the Power Plant and to achieve this right techniques, solutions and implementers are required, he added.

Mr Y Harish Chandra Prasad, Past Chairman, CII - Andhra Pradesh & Chairman, Malaxmi Infra Ventures (India) Pvt Ltd in his address briefed the delegates on the activities and initiatives of CII-Godrej GBC in facilitating Indian thermal power plants become world class.

Mr S Raghupathy, Senior Director & Head, CII-Godrej GBC delivered the concluding remarks.

The two-day conference will focus on the latest trends & technologies for improving the performance of thermal power plants; services offered by Indian & U.S. based service providers and the benefits to Indian thermal power plants and best O&M practices and case studies from leading Indian thermal power plants

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