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BHEL CFFP unit at Haridwar is involved in manufacturing of heavy industrial equipment. The manufacturing facility has a custom shop where manufacturing of large size castings and forgings of various types of alloy steels, creep-resistant steel(s) and supercritical grade steel is carried out. The GAIL (India) Limited team visited their site and critical observations were recorded.

Till date, this plant had been using LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) and LDO (Light Diesel Oil), but now the plant has been made capable of using natural gas as a fuel. Post the change, remarkable differences in the amounts of fuel consumption and costs of using the fuels were observed. A high reduction in costs and  a massive 26% reduction in the carbon footprint are some of the benefits that came with the implementation of natural gas in their plants. Saving energy as well as money, with the same output, is the ideal situation for any plant, and natural gas makes that situation a reality.

Reductions in carbon emissions lead to better public health, resulting in more trees growing, fewer diseases and much more. This study shows that not only does the use of natural gas reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, it also reduces cost, resulting in a higher monetary saving, giving nothing but profit to your company. Now is the time to switch to natural gas.


‘The knitting capital of India’ faces a mortal power crisis

This fiscal year has been a rather power‘less’ year for a few states in India. According to an article by Press Trust Of India : New Delhi, Monday June 10, 2013, out of 17 energy starving states the 3 southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka will be most affected. These estimates are based on the scarcity of fuel and the poor financial conditions of state power distribution companies. The power deficit in Tamil Nadu is said to be around 26.5% while it will be 24.8% in Kerala.

This power shortage is going to affect the SMEs primarily. Specifically speaking the Tirupur Knitwear industry, the SOUL of Tirupur will be hit hard. The beautiful city of Tiruppur is situated near the banks of the river Noyyal in Tamil nadu.  For decades Tiruppur has been a hub for the knitwear industry providing employment to over 5 lakh workers. Following a closure of dyeing units by the order of the Madras HC, the prospects for the Tirupur Knitwear industry are further doomed, owing to the power cuts in the state. On one hand the raw materials are expensive and therefore the cost of production rises. Alongside power cuts only add to the downfall of the Tirupur Knitwear industry.


As per an article by A Subburaj, Feb 27, 2012, ( ) in the Times of India, Tirupur’s knitwear exports were estimated to decline from Rs. 13,500 crores to the extent of Rs. 5000 crores in the.

As reported by S. Duraiarasu ( ( Correspondent, India Today ) in an article dated December 17, 2012, Tirupur faces power cuts up to 16 hours a day. To add to it, unavailability of diesel at subsidized rates shoots expenses out of the roof while running generators. Failure to deliver on time compels buyers to choose other units in China and Bangladesh. This has also affected the incomes and revenues thereby disturbing the entire economy of Tirupur. Although, recently an article by T E Narasimhan, dated April 2013 mentions that there is a ray of hope with the new markets discovered by Tirupur, power shortage will continue to be one of the major challenges. That start of 2013 has seen marginal growth in exports but power crisis is a big obstacle.

In view of the deteriorating situation at hand, it is imperative the government support their industries. The industrialists stand by a viable solution in form of a more sustainable source of energy for industries. This could provide the much-needed power and help Tirupur regain its Knitwear industry. The article by A Subburaj, dated Feb 27, 2012, also quoted Mr. G R Senthilvel, an exporter, saying, “The government should also take steps to install new power projects at the earliest.” It is important to understand the need of energy at the time in these states. It is the country that prospers when its SMEs and cottage industries flourish. Tomorrow is yours!




Start-up companies and small businesses frequently run close to the bone and may be profitable only so long as unplanned events never occur. A Small Business has to take every possible step to cut down on its operating cost. Apart from the fixed costs of the rents and salaries, there are Variable costs that the company must control.

For small businesses, reducing energy costs can make a significant dent in monthly bills — especially with the prices rising on gas, electricity, water, and other energy resources. Whether through simple changes or larger-scale investments, every business operation can do something to save energy. Cutting back on energy use will improve your bottom line and help the environment, and your greening efforts likely won’t go unnoticed by customers.

There are a few ways to start with mentioned for your company to save energy. Although a company could consult with experts for the same, however as they say ‘Charity begins at home,’ so shall CONSERVATION!!

Additionally, there many energy saving calculators that are available online and once you input information about your business, you can make use of the specific suggestions for saving energy — including an estimate of the up-front costs of implementing changes and how much money those changes could save you over time. (The Energy Guide, at

  • Change all of your light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Install motion detectors that automatically shut off the lights in lesser-used areas of your business.
  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them.
  • Install skylights and make use of natural daylight.
  • Install power strips or other devices that effectively unplug computers, kitchen appliances, printers, and other electronics at the end of the day.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Replace old equipment with Energy Star appliances.
  • Install water efficient appliances, low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets, and high-efficiency urinals.
  • Install an energy efficient water heater.
  • Consider buying a laptop next time you need a computer upgrade (they consume far less energy than a desktop).
  • If you make deliveries or use vehicles frequently, combine trips to save on gas and consider using a Global Positioning System (GPS) system to find the shortest routes and avoid traffic.

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