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Water from Another World

Published in On the Job

I remember the days when I was at Korba, the Korba Super Thermal Power Project of NTPC.  It was the year 1987 when we were doing the erection of the second 500 MW unit i.e. Unit #5 of the plant.  The erection cycle of the 500 MW was of about 42 months from the start.

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John, You are Wrong !

Published in On the Job

It is said if you are passionate about something you will not be afraid to fight for it. You will take risk to demonstrate your passion for it. 

In fact, if you want to test yourself whether you are really passionate about something, ask yourself if ever you have stood for it against all odds. If the answer is an emphatic yes, that is your passion - protect, preserve and nurture it. If the answer no, then that is not your calling.

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The "Great Man Made River" Project : A tale of yore

Published in On the Job

Many Projects create records. Some create history. But there are some that become history itself.

One of the biggest civilian development projects on the face of the earth - the Great Man-Made River or GMMR as it is known, was one such project. In 1990, it was history in making. You may be wondering that this story is about a crude oil pumping station or a refinery. No, it is the sweet water dream project known as the “Great Man Made River Project”. Normal water is in abundance in a country like ours, but the same water is a precious commodity (called sweet water) in the North African Sahara. Every drop of sweet water is extracted from saline sea water. And in those parts of the world, you possibly pay more for a litre of water than a litre of gasoline.

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All Well that Ends Well

Published in On the Job

Engineering Design usually has a very definitive approach and one has to work through a given input conditions for an intended output utilising calculated/predicted performance/behaviour of individual equipment and systems. But commissioning is always a challenging and thrilling task as we try to match the behaviour of actual equipment and systems at the site with predicted design values under different environmental conditions as well as uncertainties in the process of equipment manufacture.

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