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Since my association with HWB from September 2017, the canvas of HWB has expanded with more colours including the area of non-nuclear applications of Deuterium. Supporting the Department’s vision, HWB is consistently working towards deploying science and technology for the service to society and the nation while maintaining distinctive position in the horizon of DAE’s activities. I feel proud to update you that Heavy Water Board had recently signed agreements with country’s pharmaceutical companies like M/s Clearsynth, Mumbai and M/s SYNMR Chemicals, Bengaluru for the development of Deuterated compounds and active pharmaceutical intermediates by supplying Heavy Water and sharing of our intellectual resources. The Board has also taken up initiative for development of new generation Deuterated pharmaceuticals and natural products of therapeutic importance in collaboration with ICT, Mumbai & BARC under DAE-ICT Centre and other premier academic institutes like M.S. University, Baroda. Envisioning the growing demands of Deuterium labelled compounds, HWB is scaling up production facilities at HWP, Baroda for existing products as well as for the production of few more products of global demands.
I am extremely happy to share with you that few crucial activities of HWB have made amazing progress in the past one year, reflecting the great impetus of Team Heavy Water. Oxygen-18 enrichment, capitalizing hidden potential of Deuterium Depleted Water, efforts for indigenous recovery of Helium, production of nuclear grade sodium, enriched Boron, extraction of rare material etc. are a few proud examples.
Buoyed by the phase 1 results, HWB is continuing its efforts of harnessing therapeutic potential of Deuterium Depleted Water (DDW) in cancer treatment. The Board has embarked upon second phase of collaborative research with Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Mumbai and Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. To intensify R&D in this interesting area, HWB plans to collaborate with other agencies also.
I am extremely happy to share that Oxygen-18 Water Production Plant at Manuguru has achieved enrichment over 75 atom percent and the medical grade product is expected shortly within 2018.
As you all aware that energy conservation is an integral part of HWB’s activities. This was further intensified with commissioning of 2 MW Turbine Generator at HWP, Kota in March 31, 2018 and synchronization with grid for power generation. The Vapour Absorption Refrigeration machine at Manuguru for producing additional refrigeration using low grade heat of Exchange Units’ effluent has also been commissioned successfully.
I am delighted to share that our HRD Department is proactive in use of modern technologies for training, multi-tasking, and skill development. Operator Training Simulator (OTS) commissioned at both HWP, Manuguru and Baroda are enabled with training provision for operation exercises of both H2S-H2O and NH3-H2 based plants.
I am privileged to share the augmentation of new facilities for Boron enrichment plants. BF3 Gas Generation Facility, established at Talcher, was dedicated to the nation by Honorable President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind on May 15, 2018 by remotely inaugurating from BARC. Boron carbide synthesis and pelletization facilities are also being augmented at Manuguru to meet IGCAR and BHAVINI requirements.
Fiscal performance is true reflection of organizational efforts. Funds allotted for plan projects were met, and we have achieved an actual expenditure of Rs. 37.14 Crore. This has been possible due to the dedicated hard work and cooperation of colleagues in Heavy Water Board and Heavy Water Plants.
HWB has also achieved the Targeted production of Heavy Water, Boron carbide powder, organo-phosphorus solvents and D-labelled compounds during the 2017-18 period & hoped to achieve 100% annual targets for 2018-19 as well.
It is my pleasure to inform that our various project activities including re-startup of Heavy Water Plant (Tuticorin), setting up of Solvent Production Plant and Solvent Extraction Facility at Tuticorin, Sodium Production & Purification Facility at Baroda, are progressing well. Production of Helium from indigenous sources and uranium recovery from Indian rock phosphate are HWB’s new thrust area and are making good progress. There has been change of leadership at DAE with Shri K.N. Vyas taking over as Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Chairman, AEC from Dr. Sekhar Basu. HWB is proud to congratulate Shri Vyas for his new assignment of great challenge and honour. I am sure that DAE will scale new heights under his stewardship. I would like to assure the fullest cooperation from HWB in realizing the mandate of DAE.
HWB’s pursuits of excellence has been recognized by DAE and other national bodies. The latest accolades include Homi Bhabha Science & Technology Award and INAE Fellowship to Shri V.K.Khilnaney, Director (Operation), DAE Young Engineer Award to Shri Dheeraj Shakhrodia, SO/F, and DAE Group Achievement Awards to Shri R. Shanmugam, GM (Mech), and Shri K.V. Tale, HWP Kota and their teams. I express heartiest congratulation to awardees on behalf of Team - Heavy Water.
HWB carries the legacy of achievements of the past five decades, from scarcity to plenty, producing from drop to drums of heavy water, diversifying to other areas with foresight. After joining HWB family, I have witnessed the enthusiastic moments of sharing happiness and joy with all former CEs, Directors and other veterans, and my current HWB families, in the grand family get-together of Heavy Water Day -2018. We were honored to have our pioneers Shri Surendra Sharma and Shri S.M. Sundaram to grace the dais as Guests of honor. It was an exciting opportunity for me to cherish the legacy of the challenging past, magnificent present, and the bright future ahead.
The organization will be celebrating Golden Jubilee of its creation as Heavy Water Projects’ Board on 1st May 1969. We are gearing up for this proud moment remembering famous poem of Sir Robert Frost:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-Dr. U. Kamachi Mudali
Chairman & CE, HWB
Last updated on: 22-Apr-2019