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1.Tower Power

Elections are over. The new Government has assumed office. But construction equipment markets are yet to pick up.


2.Ports capacity to reach 1.5 bn tonne by 2012

The annual capacity of the major ports will increase 74 per cent to reach 1 bn tonne in the next two years.


3.Innovation in compact planers

Earlier, excavators or backhoe buckets were used to remove the top layer of the road where the excavated material would go waste. Over the years, new inventions like compact planers have enabled milling techniques, which reuse the milled material


4.BHEL-B'luru units to up capacity to 20,000 MW

The Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) Bengaluru division plans to augment the annual manufacturing capacity to 20,000 MW in FY2011-12 – an increase of 33.3 per cent over the previous year.


5.Eleventh plan adds over twice power capacity

New power generation capacity in the current Eleventh Plan period is set to double despite hiccups that are causing targets to be missed.By the end of the plan, which will be in March 2012, power capacity addition will be about 2.5 times of the earlier plan even though it will be only 63 percent of the planned target.


6.Ore fines consumption to increase to 100 mn tonne

A study by Avendus, a research company, expects domestic consumption of low-grade iron ore fines to increase from 43.3 mn tonne in 2008-09 to 70 mn tonne by 2012, and to 100 mn tonne by 2015, mainly due to the potential increase in pelletisation and sintering capacities over the next three years.


7.Gopalpur port to begin cargo handling next year

The first phase of Gopalpur Port, being constructed in Ganjam district, will be completed by March 2013.


8.Steel exports expand 5%

Data from Joint Plant Committee (JPC), an arm of the steel ministry, shows that the country witnessed 5 per cent growth in steel exports at 2.367 million tonn


9.JSW Cement to double its capacity by March

By March next year, JSW Cement, the cement arm of the JSW Group and a new entrant in the industry, is looking at doubling its cement production capacity to 4,00,000 tonne per month.


10.OCL to raise $40 mn from IFC

OCL plans to raise $40 mn for investments in a 1.35 mtpa cement plant at Medinipur in West Bengal. The project will be located at village Kulapachuria, Salboni sub-division and is expected to take 27 months to construct and thus be operational by January 2014. It will utilise clinker from OCL's existing cement plant at Rajgangpur in Orissa.