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Study Tour of China Energy Sector
PMI India organized a high-profile study tour of executives from Indian public sector organizations to China. The delegation, organized in association with the Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Division (IPMD) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Government of India, was held on 18-24 November. IPMD is the project management arm and apex monitoring body of the Government of India.

The delegates with officials from Shenhua Energy Company.

The study tour focused on learning the project management practices that China follows in its energy industry. During the week-long tour, the delegation visited China Nuclear Power Engineering Co. Ltd in Shenzhen; Shenhua Energy Company, China’s largest coal company, China Energy Engineering Group, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Asset Supervision and Administrative Commission, and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs in Beijing; and the project site of China Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd in Tianjin.

The delegation included Mr. Mukesh Rohatgi, former chairman & managing director, Engineers India Limited; Mr. Dheeraj Kumar Ojha, director, MoSPI; Mr. Madan Kumar Choudhary, deputy general manager (finance & accounts), Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI).; Mr. Gengiah Rajasekar, deputy general manager (HR), BHAVINI; Mr. L. Swamy Raju, additional chief engineer (civil), BHAVINI; Mr. Surendra Kumar Patnaik, general manager (PP&M), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC); Mr. Alokesh Banerjee, additional general manager (mechanical erection), Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd; Mr. Sital Kumar, additional general manager (engineering), NTPC; Mr. Anil Kumar Pandey, additional general manager (erection), NTPC; Mr. Tetala Surra Reddy, additional general manager (projects), SIMHADRI Super Power Thermal Plant, NTPC; Mr. Partha Sarathi Deb, general manager(civil), North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO); Mr. Mukti Kumar Sharma, general manager (civil), NEEPCO; Mr. Bisheswar Dutta, deputy general manager (civil), NEEPCO; Mr. Ajit Kumar Barua, chief engineer (production project), Oil India Limited (OIL); Mr. Partha Pratim Dutta, deputy chief engineer (FE), OIL; Mr. A. Ravi, general manager (mechanical), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC); Mr. Adesh Kumar, deputy general manager (production), ONGC; Mr. Roshan Lal Meena, deputy general manager (exploration), ONGC; Mr. G. R. Reddy, chief chemist, ONGC; and Mr. Dhiraj Gyani, head – government relations and Public Sector Enterprises, PMI India.

The objective of the study tour was to expose delegates to the project management practices that state-owned enterprises in China follow. It was the first of its kind tour on learning and sharing project management best practices at an international level. It enabled the delegates to increase their understanding and knowledge of project management practices in China and appreciate the significance of China being a projectized nation. Delegates agreed that the remarkable growth in China was largely the result of the country’s application of project management tools and techniques in their true spirit. As many as 53 percent of the delegates agreed on having structural changes in their department so that projects could be handled more efficiently. A commonly held view among the delegates after the tour was the need to set up a Project Management Office (PMO) by organizations in India.

Mr. Dutta from Oil India Limited proposed to use the following ways to use the learning from the tour: suggest structural changes in his department, undergo hands-on training on project management principles, pursue professional certifications, motivate team members to attend such training sessions, and take the initiative to suggest the preparation of a PMO manual and the setting up of a PMO in his organization “as it is one of the prerequisites in today’s business environment.”

Mr. Ravi from ONGC said it was time for Indian PSEs to dream big and use project management fundamentals to complete projects successfully. “I was pleasantly surprised to see that concepts from A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are used in totality even in frontier research projects to realize the end results within the set time. We would like to expand the boundaries of the application of project management skills to make it an integral part of our approach to every activity, big or small,” he remarked.

Mr. Kumar from ONGC complimented PMI India and China for “an exceptionally well organized tour.” In his feedback after the tour, he said, “Stage-gate project management process must be rolled out in all owner (operating) companies. PSEs must develop subsidiaries on the joint venture model to support EPC functions. The alternate energy option must be pursued by energy sector companies.”
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