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CEO’s Message – 1
From the COO’s Desk – 2
What’s New? – 3
Media Coverage – 5
Safety – 6
Improvements – 9
Internal Awards – 12
External Awards – 15
Engagement – 20
In Conversation - 28


CEO’s Message

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me immense pleasure to share with you the 2nd edition of the quarterly e-maga-
zine, Urja – a power communique.

In Quarter II, the teams across units worked together and relentlessly showcased team
spirit and commitment towards becoming a world-class organization. Firstly, I would like
to congratulate Team TSPL for their outstanding efforts in operationalizing all the units
with COD in place and Team Coal for successfully securing domestic coal in recently
concluded e-coal auctions.

I would also like to congratulate and appreciate the phenomenal response towards
“Waste to Value” competition and I am certain that once the evaluation process is con-
cluded, we would have many great and feasible innovative ideas in our hands.

I would further encourage Team F-10 to drive the $400/ton power cost in Aluminum
which can only be delivered by optimizing performance, improving efficiencies, adapt-
ing innovative technologies and breakthrough ideas.

I’m happy to see inputs provided by the units in formulation of this edition and expect
continuation of the momentum that has been created.

Lastly, I would urge each and everyone to put in their best efforts with high focus on
>95% efficiency, availability, PLF and creating benchmarks.

Keep Learning!

Ajay Kumar Dixit
CEO Power


From COO’s Desk

Dear Colleagues,

October was the month of festivals and I am sure you all must have enjoyed
the festivals to the fullest and it is really heartening to get an opportunity to
talk to you through the 2nd edition of newly launched magazine (Urja) of
power vertical just after the festival of lights.

With Aluminium smelter ramp up at Jharsuguda and Balco, power vertical is faced with new chal-
lenges of managing increased amount of coal, improving the reliability of the newly commissioned
units at Balco and overcoming technical challenges at Jharsuguda.

The Team Balco has successfully handled the challenges related to coal unloading, Coal Mill issues
and Boiler tube leakages in a planned manner and now all the 300 MW units are back in operation.
With the truck tippler getting commissioned by Jan’17 end, situation will ease out further and I hope,
the team would be in a stronger position to build up the requisite pre- monsoon coal stocks to avoid
the issues faced during the last monsoon. My congratulations to the Team Balco for quick
stabilization of the newly commissioned units by resolving the teething problems.

The complex nature of power connectivity has challenged the Team Jharsuguda really hard in the
past and team has been trying its best to get the CTU connectivity for Smelter 2. The untiring ef-
forts have brought results and from 24th October’16 onwards the Smelter 2 is connected with CTU.
However, our current challenge is to get the Sundergarh line commissioned at the earliest to improve
further reliability. The technical issues at Jharsuguda are getting resolved and I have full confidence
that the power team at Jharsuguda would be able to meet the demand of Smelter 2 reliably for a
smooth smelter ramp up.

Malco is currently experiencing the heat of low power demand, low cost of power in the market and
increased import coal price. The team has come up with many new innovative ideas in this difficult
scenario to keep the business going and they are moving at a very fast pace on all these options and
I wish them all the best in their efforts. With all the three units of TSPL getting declared “Commercial”,
our challenge is to reach to a Plant Availability Factor of more than 80% in FY-17 and I am hopeful
that from Nov’17 onwards, TSPL will achieve no less than an availability of 95% going forward. My
best wishes are with Team TSPL in their effort to create a world class power station in line with the
vision of our respected Chairman.

Once again, all the best to Team Power across all the locations and wish you all a safe and environ-
ment friendly journey while taking the business to newer heights. Keep yourself and your associates
safe, healthy and happy.

Anil Kumar Singh
COO Power


What’s New?Subject Matter Expert Initiative

In order to develop internal competency and to have lesser dependency on OEM’s, Expert groups
are created in the critical areas.

A gap analysis process for the expert group members has been commenced and basis that, they
will be trained and their competency level will be further enhanced through various suitable training
courses, workshops, seminars, benchmarking of best practices through plant visits etc.

These experts will be supporting the power plants across the group in case of emergencies and
during overhauls. They will be further developed into internal trainers, who will impart trainings to
other employees and help Vedanta in building its internal competencies further.

The initiative is anchored by Mr Anil Kumar Singh, COO-Power Sector in association with
Mr G Sambasiva Rao, Head Business Excellence and Performance Improvement- Power Sector.

Domain-wise experts are as below:

Electrical Relays & Islanding and other equipment testing Hydraulic systems
Tuticorin: Chinna Chamy TSPL: Yogesh Kumar
TSPL: Bhumin Patel JSG: Viknesh S
HZL: Seela Satyanarayana

Pressure Parts: Boiler as well as other pressure piping CBM
TSPL: Rajarshi Gupta JSG: Ashit Kumar
BALCO: Vijay Ingole BALCO: Suresh Chebrolu
HZL: Mayank Varshney
Lanjigarh: Ajit Kumar

Material handling : Coal and ash handling Turbines
Lanjigarh: Avinash Chattar JSG: N Prabhakaran
TSPL: Durairaj M TSPL: Sreesh CB
HZL: Mahender Singh Rathore

Rotating equipment: Fans and Pumps Generator and Transformers
BALCO: Ashok Kumar Singh JSG: Manas Panda, Pavan Sattaru
TSPL: Vinay Singh BALCO: Sangeet Sahu


Firstly, congratulations to all those who participated in the “Waste to Value” contest
which concluded on October 15th.

We are indeed very pleased with the level of participation – we have in our hands 200+
ideas . We would like to thank all those participants who made the effort in listing and
describing their ideas and suggestions.

We have already begun the process of evaluating the ideas. In the evaluation process,
we will be looking at originality and creativity, clarity of the idea proposed, the viability
and the strategic fit with our business. It will be a step wise process with shortlisting at
various stages. Everyone will be duly informed as soon as the winning ideas are selected.

As we move forward, we urge you to keep thinking about new and even more effective
and productive solutions and keep entering them in the Eureka platform at:

Let us all move together and take our company forward towards a more productive and
sustainable environment.




SAFETY A message on Safety by CEO Power.

“Environmental health and safety has to be relentlessly pursued with zero harm and zero
waste philosophy. We should prevent repetition of high potential incidences which occur
either in Vedanta insulation or in any other power plant site and make sure safety mea-

sures are relentlessly implemented across all power plants.”


To prevent fire & explosion of cylinders, a
cutting torch stand has been installed for

Training provided on usage of fire fighting
& SCBA to all contract employees in Qtr-II.


Safety Motivational Meet held
on 26th September, 2016


Floor Marking 5S Implementation


Heavy Gas Cylinder DCP Fire Extinguisher
Shifting Basket Basket Provided

in Gas Cylinder Trolley

VAL - JharsugudaVA2L40- 0LManWjigarh
Training on Basic Principles
MBRD Training
of Industrial Hygiene &
conducted by M/s
Measurement of hazardous
ERM India




BALCO - 540MW DB over flow line bend leakage was stopped, after an external line
modification was done & the bend was replaced without any generation loss.


Fire fighting system was at failure mode.
New panel is installed and the system is taken in service at CHP 540MW.



Total No of KAIZEN Till FY-16-17 = 569






107 125

45 81 91

0 May'16 Jun'16 Jul'16 Aug'16

Innovation (Waste to Wealth)
boards installed (6 X 4 feet) with

the use of Scrap at different

10 10


In line with its commitment to come up with green solutions for infrastructure development
Vedanta CPP dedicated the first “Green Road” to Jharsuguda made with Fly Ash. The road
was constructed utilizing 13000 MT fly ash with the length of 2.3 Km. The road was inau-
gurated in the month of August-16.

VAL - Lanjigarh

1. Achieved lowest ever SCC in Q2.
2. Maximized the extraction of steam by 20 TPH with operation of two turbines.
3. Consistently achieved more than 80% in AO audit in Q2.
4. BFP lube oil circuit modification.
5. Installation of MOT tank level transmitter to provide accurate and remote reading of

main oil tank level.


Best Shift Award – for best Shift Operation in
the month presented by Mr. G. Venkat Reddy,
Head Power, Balco and Mr. R.K. Dhancholia,
Head 540MW.

12 12

Achievement award present to Mr. Mayank
Patangiwar and Mr. Gagandeep Ojha by
Mr. G Venkat Reddy Head Power, Balco and
Mr. RK Dhancholia, Head 540 MW.


HZL DSC CPP team receiving award for
“Best Performing Location in
Aarohan journey ”-FTM of July-16.

CSC CPP team receiving award for
“Best Performing Location-Overall
”-FTM of Aug’’16.

Zawar CPP team receiving award
for “Best Performing Location” for
14 14


Team Udgam 1200 MW C&I
won CCQC Gold Award in Bhilai.

Green Tech Safety Award
for Balco Power Plant.
15 15

BALCO (Power Sales)

Ms. Shruti Yadav, working in Balco
(Power Sales), won two Gold
medals in 15th State Shooting
Championship held at Raipur.
She has qualified for Pre National
Games (East Zone Shooting
Championship 2016 ) and All India
G.V Malvankar Shooting

16 16


Vedanta Ltd. Lanjigarh won the prestigious accolade of
“ KALINGA SAFETY AWARD”  in GOLD category for
the performance year 2015, Mr. B S Mund, Head
Power Plant & Mr. Soumya Ranjan Nayak, Manager
Safety, received the prize on 24th Sep’2016.



CPP-1215, has been awarded with prestigious “Excellent Energy
Efficient Unit” in “17th National Award for Excellence in Energy
Management-2016” organized by CII. The award was received
by Mr. Ajay Pandey, Head Operations CPP. Total 140 Companies
were shortlisted for the summit and only 5 Companies awarded with
Excellent Energy Efficient unit.


TPP-2400 MW has been
recognized for “IPPAI
Energy Conservation and Al-
ternate Usage of fuel
category received by
Mr. Yogesh Prajapati,
Manager O&M IPP, for the
performance year 2015-16.


Jharsuguda 2400 MW
TPP bagged “Gold Award
of Kalinga Safety Award
2015” in Power plant
category for Its Excellence
in Safety Practices, at
Odisha State Safety
Conclave on Sep’16.



In line with “Vision for All” theme, under CSR initiatives,
MEL on 04th Sep 2016 MEL have organized Eye
Camp in association with Madurai Aravind Eye Hos-
pital and District Blind control association. More than
270 people participated in this camp and 52 select-
ed people were send to hospital for cataract surgery.
Employee volunteers from MEL and NSS volunteers
& Teaching and non-teaching staff from Malco Vidya-
laya supported this event.



GANESH CHATURTHI On 5th Sep`16 to 7th Sep`16
Ganesh Chaturthi was cele-
brated at MALCO Colony
Lakshmi Ganapathy Temple,
employees with their family
members participated and
made the event a grand

As part of Employee Engagement Initiatives, Event Management Team
conducted Sudoku Event on 23.07.2016. Employees participated in
good numbers with lots of excitement and won prizes.



Town Hall meeting –Unit head addressing team & sharing
past quarter performance.


Vedanta Football League 2016 was successfully organized at VAL -



50th Week of Housekeeping Drive

celebrated 50th week of house-
keeping drive from 15th - 20th
August, 2016. The housekeep-
ing staff being felicitated and
addressed by Mr. G. Ven-
kat Reddy and Team Power
540MW along with team HSE.





Periodic employee engagement and
wellness events are organised at TSPL
which has resulted in significant
increase in employee satisfaction.

Mr. Samir Cairae, CEO Diversified Metal, Mr. Ajay Kumar Dixit, CEO Power
and Mr. Anil Kumar Singh, COO Power visit at TSPL in September 2016.



Employee Pulse survey has been used as a tool to measure operating climate and overall
performance. This survey has helped us to get a sense of the “health” of the company by
evaluating employee satisfaction, productivity, and overall attitude.
Out of 250 employees, 216 employees responded to the survey.

Employee Survey Score


71.43% 70.66%

2014 2015 2016

Three year trend of Employee Pulse Survey

The major highlights of the survey are:

• Exposure and opportunities at work place
• Women Empowerment
• Team Work
• Employee Engagement Activities
• Organisation Communication

The area of improvement is as follows:

• Basic Infrastructure Improvements.
• Need to strengthen Interdepartmental relationship for smooth working.
• Focus on handholding of new joinees (GET’s) and to ensure enhanced engagement

through role clarity & nature of job at workplace.



Townhall with Mr. Tom Albanese, Group CEO

A townhall with Group CEO was organised at Delhi office on 19th August, 2016. It was
an interactive session with discussion points on safety and sustainability, plant efficien-
cy and productivity, innovation and strategy. The team power participated whole-
heartedly and communicated their views with Group CEO and Power CEO. Followed
by Townhall, the ‘Waste to Value’ contest was also launched by the Group CEO.

Monthly Birthday Celebrations at Delhi Office


An experiential heart-based ‘heartfulness’ meditation workshop was organised at Delhi
office in association with SMSF, a non-profit organisation to promote inner wellness
and self transformation.
The three day (1 hour each) ‘Introduction to Meditation’ program was led by
facilitators trained in relaxation meditation and Yogic transmission.

Heartfulness Meditation Workshop was conducted at
Delhi office from 27th - 29th September, 2016



A Stanford alumnus with almost 30 years of diverse

experience, Peter has been involved in Material Engineering

throughout and has 7 patents on diverse technologies

ranging from a new organic molecule used in aerospace, an

armoured window system and manufacturing aids for Peter R. Ciriscioli
composite materials.
Innovation Consultant
Vedanta Ltd.
Views on innovation:
Innovation gives anyone and everyone a chance to add meaning to their work

and a thrill to see their idea at work. Therefore, one should continually strive to

innovate, so that it becomes more than just their job.

Role model and inspirtion:
Prof. George Springer - Peter’s thesis advisor at Stanford has been his role mod-
el. Prof. Springer managed to escape Hungary when the Russians invaded and
faced lots of hardships, even got shot; but still ended up being a professor at
Stanford and has also been part of various space shuttle programs. In other
words, he never gave up making him an inspirational personality.

Peter’s mother used to say,“If you think you are doing the right thing for the right
reason, then keep on going.”. These lines resonated with Peter and still do.

Innovation, strategy and leadership:
According to Peter, one cannot have innovation without a strategy and there is
no strategy without leadership. All three work together in a unison. What best
describes it the mouse trap theory, which works on realization and an innovator’s
ability to understand the psyche of the customer.

Peter’s passionate about making a difference in whatever work he does. In other

words, having to do something in life that has some meaning to it, and, which

impacts other people’s life. 28


Strictly for internal circulation only.
This issue is designed and edited by HR-Power Corporate with contributions received from plant sites.

This is an inhouse newsletter and your valuable feedbacks and suggestions are welcome.
Do keep sending your inputs and articles at


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