Excellence Enhancement Centre launched in India

The Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC), under the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), was launched on 2 February 2012 at an official function in New Delhi. High-ranking officials from the Indian Ministry of Power were present at the inauguration. The guests included K.C. Venugopal, Minister of State for Power, the undersecretary P. Uma Shankar; and Cord Meier-Klodt, the permanent representative of the German embassy, who delivered the opening speech.

The EEC is a society of Indo-German power plant operators, which is registered in India and based in New Delhi. It has been set up along the lines of Germany’s VGB PowerTech Service. The Centre aims to enhance the efficiency of electricity and heat generating plants, and to establish modern business management methods in the Indian energy sector. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will support EEC within the framework of the German Government’s International Climate Initiative (ICI). The EEC has been designed as a communication platform where power plant sector experts from the two countries can share best practices. The focal points are the latest management practices, process optimisation in the power sector, and innovative technologies in electricity production, transmission and distribution. The EEC, with substantial support from the German power plant (operators) and industry, will also develop a diverse service package, including guidelines, manuals, a newsletter and a website, in addition to training programmes.

The EEC has a governing body presided over by an Indian. The German side is represented by VGB PowerTech and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The general body comprises all EEC members. Technical cooperation activities take place in technical advisory committees.

Fee-based membership is open to all German and Indian companies and associations from the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors, and their suppliers.