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Interview Mr Kunal Kumar: India’s Smart Cities Mission, perspective for French companies

Aurélien Sostaponti - 31-mai-2019 07:10:45
BUSINESS FRANCE IN INDIA India’s Smart Cities Mission Perspectives for French companies on the occasion of Ambition India 2019 – Business France Replies by: Mr Kunal Kumar Joint Secretary (Mission Director – Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India Q1. Could you please provide a brief introduction of India’s Smart Cities Mission (SC Mission)? India’s Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015. The main objective is to promote cities that provide holistic and integrated infrastructure and a great quality of life to their citizens while maintaining a clean and sustainable environment. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and idea is to look at compact areas, create replicable models which will act like lighthouses to other aspiring cities. The process of selection of 100 smart cities was based on the principle of Cooperative and competitive federalism —all cities were given equal opportunity to enter through All India Challenge conducted in four rounds. The cities competed in a two-stage challenge process at the State and Central level. Key features of this process were Citizen Engagement and City Empowerment where cities were encouraged to decide their aspirations and execute them with support from Central and State Government. Integration, innovation and sustainability are guiding principles of the Smart Cities implemented through provision of integrated infrastructure and services, promoting circular economy and sustainable habitats, reimagining paradigms of governance and spurring innovation in delivery of solutions. Technology is one of the many instruments that smart cities are adopting to solve urban challenges. Inclusiveness is built into the mission to ensure that each and every citizen benefits from the urban transformation that is taking place in the smart cities. Each Smart City has formulated its own concept, vision, mission and plan (Smart City Proposal--SCP) which is appropriate to its local context, resources and level of ambition. Every SCP includes core-infrastructure elements such as assured water supply, electricity supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient mobility and public transport, affordable housing, safety and security, health and education. Smart Solutions in SCP include a bouquet of services that ensure that service delivery levels are achieved and measured, citizen services are seamlessly delivered, grievances are timely registered and resolved and safety is increased through video surveillance and monitoring. Q2. Please share some highlights of the progress of the Smart Cities Mission since its launch in 2016? Since the launch of the mission in June 2015, the work has progressed at a brisk pace. 100 cities were selected over a period spanning from January 2016 to June 2018. Post selection, each city has incorporated an SPV or Special Purpose Vehicle, with dedicated management and organisation structure to drive the project implementation and other initiatives of the mission. The SPV has appointed the project management consultant (PMC) that will support the SPV in planning, design and implementation of the projects. The projects can be broadly categorised into four themes : • Ease of Living - urban mobility, affordable housing, water and sanitation, safety and security, vibrant open spaces • Smart Governance – Integrated Command and Control Centres, Smart Card, Online Services, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Smart Poles • Connected Communities – Smart Education/ Classrooms, Skill Development, Public Art, Built Heritage • Urban Resilience – Solar and Wind Energy, Waste to Energy Plants, Green Buildings, Energy Management The 100 smart cities have proposed to execute 5 151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. Financial innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. 64 % of the total projects i.e. 3492 projects, worth € 17.16 billion (INR 1 32 068 crore) have been tendered in SCM of which work orders have been issued in 41 % i.e. 2745 projects worth € 11.32 billion (INR 87 131 crore). 860 projects worth € 1.88 billion (INR 14 465 crore) have been completed. This is a significant increase in pace of implementation—289 % increase in tendered projects and 358 % in implementation/completed in last 16 months! Mission Cities have successfully expedited work on key projects which include: Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in 71 cities with operational in 16 cities; Smart streets projects in 69 cities; Smart Solar energy projects in 47 cities; Smart Water management projects in 67 cities; Smart Waste Water management projects in 56 cities. Projects are being executed through Public Private Partnerships in 61 cities. Q3. With regards to the Indo-French cooperation on Smart Cities, what views would you like to share? The relationship between India and France dates back to several decades and has been scaling heights in recent years. Indian Prime Minister paid a landmark visit to France from 09-12 April 2015. Former French President Hollande paid State visit to India during 24-26 January 2016 and was our chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebration. Our Prime Ministers have been meeting regularly on different platforms. The scale of cooperation between the two countries may be understood from the fact that almost 1000 French companies are present in India with a total turnover of more than € 17.8 billion (20 Billion USD). French companies have; the third largest FDI inflow, 25 R&D centres in India and employed around 300 000 people in India. On the other side, 120 Indian companies operating in France with an estimated investment stock of 1 billion Euros and employing around 7000 people. With regard to the Smart City Mission in India, France and India are collaborating on a very interesting project, City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) Challenge. CITIIS was launched on 9th July 2018 by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Union (EU) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The program, the total size of which was € 100 Million, was open to all the 100 smart cities During the Challenge process for selection of projects under CITIIS, 36 Smart cities submitted a total of 67 proposals belonging to various themes. Of these, 13 projects from 13 cities and 12 States were selected for award by a distinguished jury comprising of nine experts from India and France. MoUs have also been signed between AFD (French Development Agency) and UT of Chandigarh, Puducherry and State Government of Maharashtra for development of Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur. (Support for preparation of SCPs and implementation of projects) As part of urban transport improvement initiatives in India, financial assistance to various Metro projects were provided by AFD such as Bangalore Metro (€100 million - Phase 1, € 200 million -Phase 2), Kochi Metro (€ 180 million) and Nagpur metro. With regard to technical collaboration, technical support was provided to various Metro projects such as signaling system in Bangalore Metro, telecommunication and power & traction in Kochi Metro etc. The two countries have been working together in several fields ranging from civil nuclear cooperation, defense, and space to cultural, scientific and technological areas, including cybersecurity and digital cooperation. I would like to see this cooperation grow in the areas of urban development and combating climate change. Q4. In terms of projects, kindly elaborate the type of projects for which international companies can be useful to India’s Smart Cities Mission. I would like to see international industry actively participating in India’s urban sector via one or more of the following three tracks: 1) Providing technical support/capacity building support to cities/design and execution professionals already working in India; 2) Undertaking projects design and implementation of projects through competitive bidding/consortium building; and 3) Bringing in investment to Indian projects. Some areas we would like their participation in are: • Smart energy systems, net zero cities/precincts • Urban design of complete streets Reviving local economies • Increase on disaster resilient cities and communities • Urban Mobility and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) • Design of cities promoting circular economy; water and waste management Design of accessible urban spaces for the old and the people with disabilities Q5. Could you help us understand what are and will be the different types of preferred tendering processes to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission? We do not prescribe any particular tendering process to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission. The smart city SPV has the authority to carry out the tendering process for all projects. The tendering process is often guided by the procurement rules prescribed by the state governments. The state governments have their own procurement rules, procurement manual and in some instances standard documents to be followed by the state agencies. The city SPV undertakes a project development phase for individual projects that includes preparation of the feasibility study and/or Detailed Project Report (DPR). The tendering of the projects is done after the approval of the feasibility study/DPR. The tenders are published widely to maximise participation. Most of the tenders are evaluated both on cost and quality; lifecycle costs are taken into consideration for long gestation projects. Level playing field is made available so that the best companies can participate. Their participation has been one of the highlights of the Mission. Not only the best Indian companies, but renowned international companies have participated and are successfully executing projects in various cities. Q6. Can you elaborate what is the emphasis given, under the SC Mission to 3 sectors: mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens? The Smart City Mission in India is envisioned as an urban rejuvenation initiative encompassing holistic development of urban areas including, but not limiting to, smart command and control centre, smart roads, smart solar, smart waste water and smart water projects. The three sectors with regard to mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens are an integral part of the Mission and have been central to its objectives.Mobility (urban transportation): Smart transportation leverages smart infrastructure that includes multi-modal connected conveyance, automated traffic signals, tolls and fare collection, data integration—incorporating weather and traffic data, linking emergency services data as well as information from government agencies— drives the system. A central command centre ties together the smart transportation ecosystem, with real-time and updated data, handling passenger information, traffic signals, incident management and vehicle health monitoring. Optimized ‘on-demand services’ ensure that citizens can use all modes of transport according to their needs. Shared mobility solutions help provide first and last mile connectivity in conjunction with public transportation, they can act as feeder services and improve access to metro/rail or bus services. We are aiming to make public transportation robust and accessible through multi-modal shared mobility, so that citizens can choose it for all their commuting needs be it travel for work, travel for daily needs or for leisure. This can help move people away from private vehicles, which can contribute to lowering congestion and pollution. Cities under the Mission, are using technology to develop such seamless and connected transportation systems. Technology driven smart public transportation offers more attractive, reliable, convenient and complete choice of mode to commute. This reduces dependency on cars, arrests urban sprawl, and enables city authorities to develop compact cities with more focus on moving people rather moving cars. Lesser cars on roads will also reduce city’s air pollution levels. Moreover, with the continuous advancement in development of electric vehicles, smart transportation is destined to transform cities to zero emission mobility smart cities. In the Mission cities till date, total of 734 smart transportation projects worth € 3.64 billion (INR 28000 crore) are under implementation/completed. Electric mobility projects worth € 0.08 billion (INR 601 crore) are under implementation/completed in 21 cities. Public transport operations and traffic management are integral part of all ICCC enabled cities. Smart streets worth € 0.67 billion (INR 5146 crore) are under implementation/completed in 35 cities. I would like to mention that this is just the tip of the iceberg and many more such projects are being conceived across the country as I pen this down. Water and Waste Management: Under Smart Cities Mission various initiatives are undertaken for improving water systems in smart cities. These projects include installation of smart water meters, providing house service connections, upgradation of water supply systems, interlinking of water network data with SCADA system etc. The aim is to upgrade the existing water supply systems to 24X7 water supply systems. A total of 315 projects with estimated cost € 2.96 billion (INR 22 817 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 35 projects worth € 0.16 billion (INR 1218 crore) have been completed, 126 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 119 crore) are under implementation and 45 projects worth € 0.57 billion (INR 4391 crore) are under tendering stage. Several initiatives with regard to waste management are also being implemented under this mission. These projects include waste to energy plants, waste to compost plants, waste water treatment plants, recycling and reduction of construction and demolition waste etc. A total of 323 waste management projects with estimated cost € 1.96 billion (INR 15 116 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 90 projects worth € 0.19 billion (INR 1456 crore) have been completed, 177 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 182 crore) are under implementation and the rest 56 projects worth € 0.45 billion (INR 3478 crore) are under tendering stage. Regarding waste to energy plant, a total of 18 projects worth € 0.31 billion (INR 2401 crore) in 17 smart cities are at various stages of implementation. Of these, 4 projects worth € 0.026 billion (INR 202 crore) have been completed, 6 projects worth € 0.23 billion (INR 1790 crore) are under implementation and 2 projects worth € 0.043 billion (INR 338 crore) are under tendering stage. As mentioned in the case of mobility, there are many more projects than the ones which have found mention here, and hence the amount of work that remains to be taken up is clearly very large. Connectedness of Services for Citizens: Smart Cities leverage ICT based technologies and digitalisation to make governance citizen-friendly and cost effective, bring about accountability and transparency, provide services without having to go to municipal offices, form e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback, and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of online tools. In line with this, Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) are being built by many smart cities to help cities in better urban planning and management. ICCCs function as single source of information and point of resolution of the civic functions of the city. They are bringing transparency through information sharing, a step towards becoming an inclusive city. Some of the ways an ICCC will impact citizens’ lives are: • Improved decision making for (local and other levels of) governments • Improved environmental sustainability and climate change outcomes. • Improved quality of services to citizens • Safety of citizens • Making cities more inclusive A total 71 out of 100 smart cities have started work on ICCC as one of its projects under the Mission. Till date, 16 Smart Cities have operationalised ICCCs worth € 0.38 billion (INR 2927 crore), work is in progress in another 44 cities worth € 0.54 billion (INR 4170 crore) and remaining 11 cities have their projects under tendering. Q7. Regarding the finances of the projects under the SC Mission, what is the extent of the available government funding and to what extent is the PPP and the private funding expected? The Mission encompasses 100 cities which have proposed to execute 5151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. The distribution of funding envisaged from different sources is as follows: • Central and State government: € 12.16 billion (INR 93 553 crore) (45%), • Convergence : € 5.46 billion (INR 42,028 crore) (21%), • Funds from PPP : € 5.33 billion (INR 41,022 crore) (21%), • Loans/Debt : € 1.27 billion (INR 9,843 crore) (4%), • Own sources : € 0.34 billion (INR 2,644 crore) (1%), Other sources: € 2.07 billion (INR 15 930 crore) (8%). Q8. Several foreign investors have remarked that most ULBs are not financially selfsustainable and tariff levels fixed by the ULBs for providing services often do not mirror the cost of supplying the same. Could you please share your opinion in this regard with us? I ascribe to the idea of ‘Think Global, Act Local’. While most development takes place at city level, they have to be mindful of the impact of their actions on the planet. To achieve that we must empower our cities to not only act but also think, analyse and take decisions. Having said that, cities need to become autonomous in terms of meeting their financial and other resource needs for infrastructure development, and day to day management. Lack of adequate infrastructure adversely affects a city’s ability to attract investment, and hence economic sustainability. Most of the ULBs lack in mobilization of resources and financial autonomy. The total revenues of all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India merely amounts to about 1% of India’s GDP. The resource base of ULBs typically consists of their own sources, state revenue, government grant, loans from state governments, and market borrowings. They are sometimes not aware of the opportunities and avenues of generating revenues through taxes and non-tax charges. Even if they are aware, they do not have the skill to optimize tax collection. ULBs in India, therefore, have a minimal revenue base and largely dependent on Central and State grants, which constrains the ability of ULBs to invest adequately in capital expenditure like creating infrastructure and, thereby, improve quality of life in the city. Strengthening capacities of ULBs is necessary for effective resource mobilization. Their financial capacity is often restricted not only by low tax base but also low capacity for mobilization of existing resources, as result of which the ULBs are not able to harness property tax as per their potential due to undervaluation; non-availability of database of properties; low rates; low collection efficiency and lack of indexation of property values. We do realise financial self-sufficiency of the ULBs is an absolute must. Steps are being taken at all levels to empower ULBs to become self-sufficient. While the Constitution of India envisaged a two-tier system of federation, the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 added third tier of government viz. urban local bodies. The amendment aimed at devolution of functions, finances and functionaries to ULBs. We, at the Ministry encourage cities to raise funds through municipal bonds, review of property tax system to improve efficiency and transparency in collection and mobilization of resources. Only in the last couple of years we have started to see a renewed vigour from Indian cities in raising money from the market through the instrument of Muni bonds. Several new initiatives for financial innovation are also being attempted and are showing encouraging signs of transformation. We are working on Capacity building of local government leaders such as Commissioners in : • financial management, preparation of financial statements for increased efficiency • improving the quality of service delivery which is the cornerstone for effective and sustainable urbanisation • exploring innovative/alternative sources of revenue generation at the municipalities level such as PPP, Municipal bonds, venture capital financing, crowd source financing, entertainment tax, mobile towers, user charges for solid waste, water, parking, value capture financing, etc. • enhancing citizen participation, e-governance tools like on-line procurement, tenders, and online expenditure reports. I am sure with all the efforts Government is making in this direction, local governments will soon be in a better position than they were a few years ago.

V.I.E contract in India corresponds to the needs of exporters and is now more flexible

Purva Marwaha - 13-mai-2016 13:00:43
V.I.E contract in India corresponds to the needs of exporters and is now more flexible Extended to two years from January 2016, the maximum duration of contracts are now perfectly suited to the requirements of the Indian market. It’s official: the annual quota of V.I.E (International French Volunteership) in India has increased to 250 (against 50 previously) and the maximum length of stay extended to two years (instead of one year). Announced in Paris in April 2015 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new terms were approved after the state visit of François Hollande in January 2016 and are now effective. According to Thibaut Fabre, Director of Business France India, it is an opportunity to grab for the French companies: "It is now very easy to use this beneficial device that combines all the assets to succeed in India: a flexible HR formula, competitive and that can rely on highly qualified profiles. An Indian market where the business environment requires a long-term investment, V.I.E becomes one of the most appropriate tools to put its commercial development over time. " India’s thriving economy This relaxation takes place in a conducive environment: seventh world economy, becoming the most populous country in the world (2025), India has the highest rate of growth of the BRICS: + 7.5% are expected in 2016, according to IMF data. "More than ever, this country-continent becomes a land of conquest for French companies. It is all the more attractive and is positioning itself as a platform to export in Asia and beyond, "says Thibaut Fabre. Talented, creative and autonomous The profiles of the most sought V.I.E are those young graduates specializing in engineering, finance, project management, implementation of quality policy or commercial development. "Candidates should also know exercise of autonomy, creativity and a strong ability to adapt. It is crucial for success in this unique market overseas export, "says Thibaut Fabre. This program, better known by the companies also allows them to sustain their presence after a first commercial success. The young graduate is both a local support and a gateway to the headquarters, said Business France. This is what motivated the engine manufacturer Leroy Somer. For Leroy Somer, the V.I.Es are a nursery of talent involved in international development: "The V.I.E allows better communication with our factories in France. They provide the relay with local teams and help us to realize the projects we could sometimes not start without them. " If the company does not have its own offices yet, the V.I.E may receive a direct debit via ad hoc platforms, such as the Chamber of Commerce Franco-Indian. These accommodations make life easier for the company and is an asset for French SMEs in their efforts to export.   Six key areas to target the Indian market - Sustainable development: renewable energy, smart cities, waste treatment, ... - Health: hospitals, modernization of equipment, access to care ... - Automotive: reminder, India is the 6th world producer of cars - Food: equipment, packaging, storage, ... - Consumer goods: textiles, leather goods, luxury ... - Internet and digital e-commerce, Internet of Things, solutions and services on the internet and mobile telephony, FinTech, RetailTech, e-Health: a rapidly growing sector, ...

French nuclear delegation to attend 7th edition of India Nuclear Energy Exhibition

Thomas ILHE - 15-sept.-2015 08:48:52
  The French pavilion at the India Nuclear Energy exhibition will host seventeen companies from the nuclear sector and two professional federations under the French pavilion organized by Business France at the INE 2015 exhibition. Besides attending the exhibition, they will meet key players like Larsen & Toubro, Areva and NPCIL.   The French nuclear sector is a cutting-edge industry with three major operators: Areva, EDF and Alstom. During the Indian Prime Ministers official visit to France in April 2015, considerable progress has been made on negotiations on the Jaitapur project. AREVA signed a Pre-engineering Agreement (PEA) with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with & Larsen & Toubro, to prepare for the EPR reactor licensibility in India and increase localization, within the frame of the “Make in India” policy. In addition to these major industrial operators, the French nuclear industry boasts a network of different types of suppliers offering special products and services. The French nuclear industry’s turnover is € 46 billion of which € 5.6 billion is the contribution from exports. It employs 220,000 people and France is the leader in Europe and has second position worldwide in terms of nuclear power generation (with 58 standardized reactors). The Indian government is increasingly introducing initiatives to accelerate the development of civil nuclear power, making the sector a key priority to meet the energy needs of the country with limited impact on the environment. Indias current annual output of nuclear generated power is 5.78 GW, which it aims to increase to 14.6 GW in 2020 and 63 GW in 2032. The country is therefore set to become the second biggest market for new reactors between 2015 and 2032. India also offers opportunities in terms of maintaining and extending the service life of its current capacity, most of which is Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). There are ample opportunities for French companies interested to work in the Indian nuclear market by developing their contacts and preparing their offer for the upcoming tenders. Since 2010, the French pavilion has the biggest and most visible international presence at the India Nuclear Energy exhibition organized by UBM. The French pavilion is set up in partnership with two federations: AIFEN (stand G45 - Association des Industriels Français Exportateurs du Nucléaire) representing over 300 companies and major French associations (GIIN, Nucleopolis, PFCE, PFME, PNB). These companies (from VSEs/SMEs to large groups) represent all links in the nuclear industry chain from fuel production to dismantling, engineering, technology, components, generation and research. They are involved in power generation, creating research reactors, science, medical applications and water propulsion. G.I.I.N. (stand G45 - Groupe Intersyndical de l ’ Industrie Nucléaire) is an association of professional federations and organizations involved in the nuclear industry. As a coordinator of professional organizations, G.I.I.N. is a representative body defending interests against operators and authorities, while also providing access to information on the industry. G.I.I.N. also enables people to attend collective actions (exhibitions, conferences, etc.) and facilitates access to markets in France and abroad. The following companies will be present in the 161 m² space of the French pavilion (Ground floor of the Nehru Centre) at the INE 2015 event:      Company Stand n° & Website Activity    BUSINESS FRANCE G-45 - www.businessfrance.fr French reception area Helping French companies export and foreign companies set up business in France      AREVA G51 - www.areva.com AREVA is a world leader in nuclear power. The group’s offer to utilities covers every stage of the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor design and construction, and operating services.       APAVE G 45 - www.apave-international.com Inspection, Consultancy, Training, Engineering, Testing and Metrology . Works with L&T in India    CMR GROUP G30 - www.cmr-group.com Provides solutions for sensors, wiring harnesses and instrumentation    DAHER VALVES G47 - www.daher.com Has developed a comprehensive and qualified range of nuclear valves offering a low radioactive dose level, a low maintenance cost and complying always with the highest safety requirements.    EDF G42 – www.edf.fr The EDF Group is the world’s leading electricity company. Its business covers all electricity related activities, from Generation to networks and commerce.   GEORGIN G49 - www.georgin.com Manufacturing and selling 2 products lines: pressure & temperature switches and transmitters adapted for harsh environments.   HYD & AU G33 - www.hyd-et-au.com Supplier of hydraulic components, hydraulic cylinders, complete hydraulic solutions, provision of hydraulic services, electrical equipment boxes and automated systems, complete electrical installations, design and production of special machines.   JEUMONT ELECTRIC G50 - www.jeumontelectric.com Jeumont Electrics offer for nuclear power plants comprises of supplying generators for emergency gensets, motors for reactor coolant pumps, motors for auxiliary or safety equipment and the services associated to those suppliers, originating from Jeumont Electric or other manufacturers.   JST TRANSFORMATEURS G45 - www.jst-transformers.eu Experience in design, manufacturing, and maintenance of electric transformers   LATTY G32 - www.latty.com Designer and manufacturer of industrial sealing solutions (mechanical seals, mechanical packings, preformed packing rings, gaskets, GEM gaskets metal-to-metal contact) to be used in all segments of industrial activities.   MIRION TECHNOLOGIES G29 - www.mirion.com Design and manufacture modular Electrical penetrations assemblies (EPA’s), which operate reliably over the sixty year design life of a reactor, while safety passing electrical circuits and optical fibers, through the reactor containment vessel wall and still maintaining its integrity during harsh environments.   NOVINTEC G45 – www.novintec.com Manufacturer of components, modules and sub-systems, specified in a wide range of Aircraft; Helicopters, Space programmes, Formula 1 and Rally Teams, Nuclear and other Process Industries.   NUVIA G26 - http://en.nuvia.fr (outside French Pavilion but will be part of the B2B program prior to the exhibition) Intervenes throughout nuclear facilities’ lifecycles, from construction to decommissioning including operation and maintenance, through the three fields of activities: engineering, services and works and products. Their activities cover civil engineering, mechanics, waste management, radiation protection including nuclear measurement, fire and flood protection.   REEL G48 - www.reel.fr Designs, manufactures and services lifting & handling equipment needed for industrial activities in nuclear power, from uranium enrichment plant, fabrication of fuel, through power reactor construction & services to reprocessing plant and depository sites. REEL supplies fuel handling systems (FHS) for nuclear power plants, proposes all equipment as an integrated system dedicated to safe and efficient core loading/unloading operations.   SEGAULT G52 - www.segault.fr Designs and manufactures valves answering extreme service conditions in nuclear petrochemical and also for aeronautical test benches.   STAÜBLI G45 - www.staulbli.fr Offers a range of connection solutions for all fields within the nuclear industry. A highly safe, reliable couplings, multi-couplings and equipped hoses are designed for sensitive applications such as quick connection of fluid and electricity circuits, both manually and remotely, as well as energy supply, breathing air supply, filling and draining, contaminated fluid sampling and transfer of effluences.   WEIR G53 - www.weirpowerindustrial.com WEIR, under brands SEBIM ™ & SARASIN-RSBD ™ , design and manufacture high performance nuclear valves, suitable for all types of nuclear reactors.   You may also find all the information regarding the French delegation prior to the exhibition on the mini website link below available in English and French. http://events-export.businessfrance.fr/india-nuclear-energy-en/ http://ubifrance-events.com/india-nuclear-energy-fr/ Please come and visit us on the French Pavilion to meet the representatives of the French delegation and learn more about their expertise. For further information: BUSINESS FRANCE (stand G45) Emmanuel GALLAND Nuclear Industry project manager Tel.: +33 (0)4 96 17 25 34 E-mail: emmanuel.galland@businessfrance.fr Website: www.youbuyfrance.fr BUSINESS FRANCE (stand G45) Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor (Industry & Cleantech) Tel.: +91-22-66 69 40 27 E-mail: kushal.sengupta@businessfrance.fr Website: www.youbuyfrance.fr

French group Fonroche awarded as the best solar developer

Banani GHOSH - 30-oct.-2013 13:19:56
The Group Fonroche specialized in the renewable energy power generation solutions based in Agen, was awarded as the best solar developer by the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh in 2012. PR Fonroche, a joint-venture between PR Clean Energy (India) and Fonroche Energie S.a.s (France), had commissioned two solar photo voltaic based power plants (5 MWp and 17 MWp) at Gajner Village in Bikaner, Rajasthan in December 2012.These projects were awarded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission’s Phase I batch II. Fonroche has invested a sum of 46 million dollars for the construction of the 2 solar power plants of nearly 23 MWp. The commissioning of the solar power plant in Rajasthan has reduced the emission of 7,200 tons of CO2 annually. Source: Website of the French company Fonroche energy
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