Apr 15 2015 | Q&A

ThyssenKrupp Industries

In order to overcome power shortage and meet the increasing demand, there is need for government intervention to arrange infrastructure to handle the increased power requirement. This would include increased focus and investments on infrastructure development and its maintenance and at the same time speed up the process of project clearances.

Sivasubramanian Natarajan, Managing Director, ThyssenKrupp Industries India Pvt Ltd (TKII) shares his views with Sandeep Sharma about his company’s offerings for the power sector in India, CFBC technology, market share, power equipment manufacturing base, growth strategy, challenges before the power sector, and his recommendations to solve power shortage in India. Edited Excerpts...

Tell us about your offerings to the power sector in India?
ThyssenKrupp plays a significant role in the Indian Power sector. We offer complete Coal Handling Plant for thermal power stations on turnkey basis. We design, manufacture and supply the most modern equipments in the power industry which include Twin Wagon Tippler, Transfer Cars, Crushers, coal sizers, Screens, Stockyard Machines, Conveyors, etc.

We also supply unique Cold Cyclone based CFBC Boilers to the Indian power industry for captive and lower end utility stations up to 150 MW. Our Boilers are capable of firing multiple fuels like high ash coal, low ash coal, lignite, pet coke, etc.

We also supply power plants with our CFBC boilers on turnkey basis. Our equipments are manufactured in the most modern manufacturing facilities in Pune and Hyderabad. Our commitment to the power industry is to continuously supply the latest and most innovative equipment and solutions which will offer high availability, low emission and minimum maintenance.

Could you share with us finer points about your CFBC technology? Also make us understand how this technology is suitable for the Indian power industry?
ThyssenKrupp Industries India offers world-class Circulating Fluidised Bed Combustion (CFBC) Boilers. A proven concept in steam generators, these advanced systems are designed and manufactured for a wide range up to 500 TPH. Our CFBC boilers are compatible with a wide range of fuels. While being extremely cost-efficient and environment friendly, these boilers also have high thermal efficiencies. These boilers are easy to maintain and offer very high availability. The combustion efficiency is high and emission levels are very low.

India is a country with huge coal reserves, but the quality of coal is poor with high ash content. Therefore having a technology which can cater to this poor quality coal is where we feel the solution lies. We have vast experience in using high ash coal of India. Our cold cyclone technology is well suited for these kinds of coal. Our boilers are also suitable for low ash imported coal as well as fuels like pet coke with low volatiles. We can’t change the quality of the fuel that we have but we need to adapt our technology to make them suitable for the available fuel. This is where ThyssenKrupp plays a significant role.

What’s your market share in the power plant installations in India? And how much capacity are you targeting by the end of current fiscal?
We have over 55 cold cyclone boilers in operation in India giving excellent performance. We have about 15 boilers in various stages of erection and commissioning. With a large base of satisfied customers our market share is increasing to a significant share. We have a significant market share in coal handling segment for the power plant in India.

Could you share with us details about your power equipment manufacturing base, capacity and production process?
We have two large modern manufacturing facilities in India; located at Pune and Hyderabad. These facilities cater to the complete portfolio of our power plant equipment like boilers, material handling systems and equipments. We are constantly upgrading the facilities to make them suitable for the demanding requirements of the market.

What’s your growth strategy for the medium and long term in the power sector?
The cold cyclone CFBC boilers will have a significant role to play given the quality of fuel that is available in India and we will play a dominant role in that market. We are in the process of scaling up the size of our boilers so that we can cater to the utilities segment also.

How was the CY2014 in terms of business achieved and new initiatives?
The Indian market in FY 2014 was weak. With successful experience in Indian market we have launched our CFBC boilers in the international market. We are happy to note that our boilers are well accepted in the international market as well.

What are the challenges before the power sector in India?
As the Indian power sector today will have to increase the generation and transmission capacities, some key challenges still lie ahead that are plaguing market growth. Issues related to land acquisition, statutory clearances, tight money market situation, high rate of interest on borrowing, availability of coal, fuel linkage issues and unfavorable tariff duties are some of the major issues that are hampering the power industry. The issues need to be addressed for improving the performance of the Indian power sector. Though the sector suffers from various hurdles, Indian power sector stands sixth among the leading sectors of the Indian economy. The conflicting requirement between need for development and concern over environmental protection is not peculiar to India; this is a concern across the world, especially in growing economies. The technology should provide the answer to the key question. Clarity in policy to choose the right technology keeping the above in mind with a long term view is required.

What needs to be done by the Government of India to overcome power shortage in the country?
The Indian power sector is one of the most diversified in the world. The demand for electricity in the country has been growing at a rapid rate and is expected to grow further in the years to come. The growth in energy demand in India would be the highest among all countries for the next 2 decades according to the 2014 energy outlook report by British oil giant BP.

Hence in order to overcome power shortage and meet this increasing demand, there is need for government intervention to arrange infrastructure to handle the increased power requirement. This would include increased focus and investments on infrastructure development and its maintenance and at the same time speed up the process of project clearances. The regulators need to promote technologies that are environment friendly and sustainable with the quality of coal reserve that we have in India.