Materials Performance

JUN 2019

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56 JUNE 2019 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM NACE NEWS Leaders from several high-profile Indian companies and NACE International attended the event and made presentations. The two-year IMPACT India Study was released at a special event in New Delhi in February 2019. East Asia and Pacific Area IMPACT India Report Released T he NACE International Institute (NII), The CORCON Institute of Corrosion (the holding company for NACE in India), and GAIL India, Ltd. (principal sponsor) released the Interna- tional Measures of Prevention, Applica- tion, and Economics of Corrosion Technologies (IMPACT) India Study in New Delhi on February 19, 2019. The Sec- retary of the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals P. Raghavendra Rao and the Secretary Fertilisers Chhabilendra Roul were the chief guests. Other dignitar- ies included Ashutosh Karnatak, director projects at GAIL India, Ltd.; A.S. Firoz, chief economist, Ministry of Steel; Yatin- der Pal Singh Suri, managing director, Outokumpu India; A.K. Tewari, executive director pipelines, Indian Oil Corp., Ltd.; and Anand Mohan, executive director on- shore, Oil and Natural Gas Corp., Ltd. (ONGC). The NACE team was represented by Past President Elaine Bowman, NII Executive Director Helena Seelinger, East Asia and Pacific Area Chair Rolf Gubner, NACE Gateway India Section (NGIS) Trustee Anand Kulkarni, and Past Presi- dent Samir Degan. The event was attended by more than 100 participants. The IMPACT India Study is a follow-on to the global study released in March 2016. The effort required participation in sur- veys across the spectrum of all industries and services, followed by focus group ses- sions with various stakeholders. This two- year effort was coordinated by Degan and NGIS Vice Chair Kamachi Mudali, and supported by several members, students, and staff. The focus group sessions were conducted by Bowman and Seelinger dur- ing their visits to India in 2017 and 2018. The IMPACT India Study release func- tion started with a short video clip of the late Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar. Kumar was a supporter of the efforts of NACE in corro- sion mitigation and prevention, and was a key influencer in initiating this study. His recommendations during his inaugural speech at NGIS's annual conference CORCON in 2014 highlighted the following: 8 Creating awareness on implementing a Corrosion Management System (CMS) across all industrial sectors 8 Skills development for personnel required for various corrosion mainte- nance programs 8 Use of global corrosion standards across industrial sectors 8 Strategies and recommendations for working with regulators to support efforts in asset integrity from corro- sion-related issues 8 Discussion on introduction of corrosion-related training at the university level The video clip was followed by a roundtable discussion on the prevention and mitigation of corrosion chaired by Rao. At the end of the discussions, the IMPACT India report was released by Rao, Roul, and Karnatak. In his inaugural address, Rao stressed NACE Area & Section News

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