As EIL celebrates its Golden Jubilee Year, we tread on the memory lane to relive five decades of engineering excellence that shaped India's hydrocarbon industry.
During the post independence years, India embarked on a mission of harnessing its energy resources to fuel the rapidly unfolding industrial revolution. This ambitious drive required the services of competent engineering consultants for shaping and providing indigenous technology solutions across the hydrocarbon value chain. Towards this objective, Engineers India Limited (EIL) was incorporated on March 15, 1965. Almost five decades from that momentous day, EIL has emerged as one of India¿s leading engineering consultancy and EPC organizations with a diverse portfolio of projects in hydrocarbon, petrochemical, mining & metallurgy, fertilizer, power and infrastructure sectors.
An era of dynamic growth
EIL commenced its operations in the refining sector with the Madras Refinery Project. Those formative years were marked by challenges on many fronts, especially the limited availability of skilled manpower, indigenous technology and manufacturing base. Despite these impediments, the `70s was a period of rapid growth & expansion for EIL, with the Company foraying into onshore and offshore oil & gas processing, pipelines, petrochemicals, fertilizers and mining & metallurgy sectors. As the country stepped up efforts to harness its energy resources, EIL entered into a fruitful partnership with ONGC to build the required E&P infrastructure for Bombay High. During this period, EIL also started providing design and engineering services to various overseas clients in Middle East and Africa.
Innovate to excel
In the early days, the hydrocarbon industry was highly dependent on the foreign licensors. Therefore, there was a need to have a world class R&D facility that could provide services to India¿s growing hydrocarbon industry. To this end, EIL established a sophisticated R&D centre in Gurgaon for pursuing technology development both in-house and in collaboration with other research organizations. The first refinery with EIL¿s indigenous process technology, at Bongaigaon, was completed in 1981 and since then EIL has evolved to using pre-dominantly home-grown technologies for most of its projects. During this decade, significant projects like Alumina refinery for NALCO and HBJ Pipeline for GAIL, the first cross-country gas pipeline in India, helped EIL augment its project execution capabilities.
Coming of age
By the `90s, EIL had come of age, making its presence felt in the realm of engineering and technology. In keeping with the changing client expectations, EIL also forayed in the area of executing Lumpsum Turnkey (LSTK) projects to move up the value chain and increase its revenue base. The Company's strategy of augmenting its international footprints met with huge success with prestigious projects such as the Fertilizer Complex in Iran and various pipeline and refinery jobs in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Algeria. This decade also witnessed the setting up of EIL's wholly owned subsidiary ' Certification Engineers International Ltd. After the Government's divestment of 6% stake in the company, EIL was listed in the NSE and BSE, and was conferred with the Mini Ratna status.
Shaping the future
The turn of the century saw EIL adapting to rapidly changing business scenario by commencing works in the infrastructure segment, expanding into Strategic Storages for the Govt. of India and introducing an innovative model of project execution through Open Book Estimate (OBE). Another key strategic initiative undertaken for propelling future growth is to leverage its extensive experience, skilled resource base and technological knowhow to develop competencies for successful diversification of business into potentially high growth sectors viz. Water & Waste Management, Nuclear and Solar Power and Green Infrastructure. The innovative spirit ingrained in the Company is reflected in 14 patents and 30 process technologies developed by its R&D Centre at Gurgaon.
EIL today is a global player in its business segment with presence across the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia. Global energy majors in these regions have repeatedly utilized EIL's services for their prestigious projects. Strengthening the Company's global impact are breakthrough jobs in Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Establishment of joint venture Jabal EILIOT Co. Ltd. in Saudi Arabia is another major step towards realising its vision of becoming a world-class globally competitive EPC and consultancy organisation.
EIL has played a significant role in the growth story of hydrocarbon, petrochemical and metallurgy sectors in India. The Company has its footprints in 19 of the 22 operating refineries in the country with combined refining capacity of more than 150 MMTPA. EIL has also been involved in the establishment of 7 of the 8 mega petrochemical complexes in India. In the hydrocarbon consultancy, EIL's endeavors have resulted in achieving more than 90 per cent indigenisation in terms of technology and around 80% in supplies.
Today, EIL is the only `Total Solutions' engineering consultancy company in India providing design, engineering, procurement, construction and integrated project management services from `Concept to Commissioning¿ with highest quality and safety standards. The Company's track record comprises design and engineering of 10 greenfield refineries, 7 petrochemical complexes, 39 oil and gas processing projects, over 40 offshore process platforms, 42 pipeline projects, 13 ports and storage and terminals projects, 8 fertilizer projects and 29 mining and metallurgy projects.
As EIL steps into its Golden Jubilee year, its robust corporate strategy steered by the corporate vision to build a world-class EPC and total solutions consultancy organization continues to inspire its workforce to deliver excellence and to create a business portfolio for long term sustainable growth.