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India looses 4.2pct of GDP due to corrosion menace

Steel News - Published on Thu, 21 Feb 2019

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To prevent another Bhopal gas leak catastrophe considered to be the worst chemical accident in the history, eminent experts have stressed on the need of regular corrosion audits in critical petroleum, chemical and fertilizer industries as well infrastructure projects .

Mr P Raghavendra Rao, Secretary, Ministry Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals while releasing 'Impact India- Cost of Corrosion Study for India' brought out by NACE International, the CORCON Institute of Corrosion , GAIL India and Outokumpu India late last evening said that “Corrosion and poor maintenance was one of the major cause of toxic gas leak in the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal .Globally, consequences of the corrosion process have become a problem of world-wide significance. Corrosion has a huge economic and environment impact on virtually all facets of the worlds infrastructure, from highways, bridges, and buildings to oil and gas, chemical processing, water and wastewater systems and particularly industrial structures. In addition and to causing severe damage and threat to public safety, corrosion disrupts operations and requires extensive repair and replacement of failed assets. The regular corrosion audits which includes inspecting the corrosion sites, analysing the reasons of corrosion, suggesting methods of prevention, doing the cost analysis of prevention and losses due to corrosion will help in the long run in terms of increased safety, performance, asset life, environment protection and more cost-effective operations.”

Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Managing Director Outokumpu India, said that “Engineers are ethically responsible for managing corrosion. While corrosion control methods are applied in the industry, it is as important to educate engineering undergraduates on aspects of corrosion and its management. However, there is little awareness on corrosion among undergraduate students. The engineering curriculum should include corrosion at graduate level. World is also moving towards developing sustainable infrastructure with use of corrosion free materials including stainless steel for Optimizing corrosion control actions and minimizing lifecycle costs.”

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 21 Feb 2019
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