Volume3 Issue 1                                                                                                                                   Sept 2004


This Newsletter is back after a long hiatus lasting five months. In case you have not already surmised the reason for this, it is CHEMCON, the Annual Congress of IIChE, which returns to Mumbai after two decades. All of us in the Executive Committee of the Mumbai Regional Centre have been and continue to be preoccupied with the groundwork required for the Mega Event that CHEMCON 2004 promises to be.

CHEMCON 2004 also promises to be different from the previous annual congresses of IIChE. As most of you are aware by now, CHEMCON 2004 will also feature a joint conference of IIChE and AIChE and a large contingent of delegates from USA is expected to participate. The chair and co-chair of nineteen technical sessions have been appointed and they have completed the scrutiny of abstracts. A Job Mela has also been planned and hopefully the student community will benefit from this.

SITA will be the event manager for CHEMCON 2004. Various committees and sub-committees have been constituted and they have already begun their task. As hosts it is the responsibility of each and every member of the Mumbai Regional Centre to put their best foot forward and make CHEMCON 2004 a resounding success. Together let us make CHEMCON 2004 an event befitting the chemical capital of the country and also the stepping stone for greater glory of Mumbai Regional Centre.


Chairman’s Message

Continuous improvement is essential for any organization for its sustainable growth. Recent global economic developments are throwing up an opportunity for businesses to maximize possible returns from existing facilities by adopting appropriate strategies and best practices. Forward-thinking managements are setting up high performance standards to remain ahead of competition as only fittest can survive in a global market.

Benchmarking is a key strategy for institutionalizing an ongoing search for best practices that produce superior performance when adopted and implemented. Benchmarking provides better awareness of oneself vis-à-vis the best. Through benchmarking, one can reduce costs, improve efficiency and productivity by learning to operate processes at low unit cost, reducing cycle times and by minimizing waste. The zeal to operate against benchmarks creates a competition in excellence amongst the peers.

I strongly believe that Indian industry can achieve sustainable growth & value addition by benchmarking key procedures & practices with successful international players.

Mukesh Rohatgi


Abstract Of the Monthly Talk delivered by




Just as Coal powered the industrial revolution of the 19th century and Oil fuelled the growth of the 20th century, Gas is emerging as the preferred source of energy to power the economies of the 21st century and India is no exception. High growth in population, increasing urbanization, rising incomes and standards of living of the people of India are expected to result in high and steady consumption growth in petroleum products and natural gas in the country.

From April 2004 commercial supply has started from Dahej LNG terminal of M/s Petronet LNG Limited. Sustained commercial operation will begin from last quarter of 2004 from Shell’s Hazira LNG Terminal.

Indian market is looking for LNG from suppliers with softer terms and conditions some of which are

mentioned below:

• Shorter duration contracts

• Pricing formula

• Flexible Terms and conditions

This rapidly growing energy market may evolve New Risk Distribution Model. The importers not only will demand that the suppliers bear some of the risks they have taken, but also that they may seek new profits in return for the additional risks they are going to assume by enrolling themselves into entire LNG chain.

More new LNG re-gasification terminals along with pipeline infrastructure are expected to be

commissioned for providing terminalling, storage, re-gasification and transportation services nearer the demand centers. Thereby utility owners shall have direct access towards ownership of the gas under long, medium, short-term contracts and access of gas under spot purchase. The major utility owners are negotiating new generation contracts as "Terminalling, Re-gasification and Transportation Agreements (TRTA)".

Indian importers shall endeavor to create an optimal portfolio of LNG contracts by negotiating different pricing formula with different contractual terms. This will enable them to match demand patterns, customer needs and lower generating costs.



(December 27 – 30 2004, Hotel Grand Hyatt, Santa Cruz, Mumbai)




Indian participants


IIChE Members

Rs. 1500


Rs. 4000/Rs. 6000 *

Undergraduate students



Rs. 500


Rs. 1000 *

Postgraduate students



Rs. 1000


Rs. 2000 *

Senior members (Above 65 years)

Rs. 500

Accompanying spouse

Rs. 1000(all categories)


Foreign participants




Accompanying spouse


* includes fees towards membership, subject to production of proof of eligibility

The delegate fee includes lunches, dinners, cultural programmes, spouse excursions and programmes, delegate kit, conference papers on CD, airport/station transfers, transportation to and from the conference venue.


Corporate houses can avail of sponsorships in three grades


Sponsorship Amount

Complementary Registrations


Rs. 10 lakhs



Rs. 5 lakhs



Rs. 3 lakhs


These sponsorships will be for lunch, dinner, high tea, cultural programme, delegate kits, technical sessions etc.


About 40 units, each admeasuring 3x3 m will be available for industries to showcase their product or service offerings to the nearly 2000 delegates that are expected for the event. The cost of each unit would be Rs.1.2 lakhs.

Job Mela

CHEMCON 2004 offers a cost-effective alternative to campus recruitment in the form of a Job Mela. With nearly 500 bright students from all over India expected to make their paper/poster presentations, recruiters have an excellent single-window opportunity to interview and recruit some of the best fresh chemical engineering talent available in the country. Recruiters will be provided a room at the conference venue to conduct the interviews, at a cost of Rs. 1.25 lakhs.

Advertisements in Souvenir / CD / Website

Opportunities for advertisements are available in the souvenir / programme book that will be provided to all the delegates. In addition the conference papers will be provided to all the delegates in CD form and ‘banner’ and ‘streamer’ advertisements are available on this CD which will have a long shelf life. Advertisements are also solicited for the CHEMCON 2004 event website. The various advertisement tariffs are as below:

Souvenir Back Page Rs.50,000

Souvenir Inside Back Page or Gatefold Rs.35,000

Souvenir Inside colour Page Rs.25,000

Souvenir Book Mark Rs.30,000

CD of Proceedings Rs.15,000

CHEMCON Website Rs.15,000


Accomodation is available to suit all budgets, from stay at the conference venue to dorms at Indian Institute of Technology and elsewhere for student delegates. Special rates have been negotiated with Hotel Grand Hyatt and hotels in the vicinity of the conference venue. Those desirous of availing this facility are requested to get in touch with the Event Manger, whose contact particulars are given elsewhere in this brochure.

Package Tours

Attractively packaged pre and post conference tours are available at concessional rates. Those interested may please contact the Event Manager.

Event Manager

SITA World Travel have been appointed as the official Event Manager for the conference. All correspondence including registration, accommodation, transportation, tours (excepting technical papers) should be directed to the Event Manger at

Town Centre 3rd Floor
Andheri (East)
Mumbai 400 059

Contact Person : Mishkat Ahmad
Phone: +91 22 2824 1753/ 1754
Fax: +91 22 2824 1752
Mobile: +91 9820805119

(Also print the registration form from the brochure)

Did you know?

The phrase ‘Unit Operations’ was coined by Arthur D Little, who in 1916 founded the ‘School of Chemical Engineering Practice’ at MIT. ‘Unit Operations’ played a key role in differentiating Chemical Engineering as a profession.

CHEMCON 2004 Update

Picture of MASCOT

CHEMCON 2004 has a mascot. It is the ‘dabba’, which packs the mid-day meal of hundreds and thousands of Mumbai’s white collar workers and students. The dabbas are ferried to and fro by the internationally reputed ‘dabbawallas’ with a service standard that betters six-sigma levels. Among other things, the ‘dabba’ personifies the unique efficiency and work ethos of Mumbai’s citizens.

Website of the Month

This month’s website is the launch pad for various chemical engineering courses offered by the fabled MIT under their Open CourseWare programme. On the menu are courses like Modeling and Simulation, Process Dynamics, Numerical Methods, Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion and Statistical Thermodynamics of Complex Liquids

Send your feedback on this and the Newsletter in general to Of course do keep visiting for the MRC news and for the news from the IIChE Headquarters.


Forthcoming Programme

Sept 28th 2004
Annual General Meeting, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Oct 2004
(Date and Venue to be announced later)

Oct 30th 2004

Council Meeting hosted by Mumbai Regional Centre Lecture

Every Month 4th Fri Lecture at 6.30 pm (Venue – UICT or as announced)

Keep watching our website for further announcements