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Ricardo holds advanced training for Bihar Power Holding Company

Power utility experts from Ricardo delivered a five-day training programme to Bihar State Power Holding Company Ltd and its subsidiaries to support the company in its goal to deliver world leading electricity distribution services for Bihar- while enhancing efficiency, financial performance and competitiveness within India’s developing energy market.

India’s power network is undergoing a period of rapid development, with substantial investments in modernising distribution assets.

As part of its leading role in electricity distribution in the Bihar region, The Bihar State Power Holding Company appointed Ricardo to support its staff training programme with technical guidance drawn from power network development projects in the UK and around the world, said a press release.

Held in London, England, the face-to-face training sessions focussed on providing delegates the tools required to overcome key challenges in India’s power utilities sector.

This included providing best practice on operating load dispatch centres, guidance on long term maintenance of distribution assets, advice on adapting to demand side management and insight into the commercial strategies of successful UK retail utilities.

Ricardo runs a range of online and in-country training courses for power sector utilities across India, South East Asia and Africa, which are designed to support development and growth in these rapidly electrifying regions.

Managing Director of Bihar Power Distribution Company (BPDCL), Sandeep Kumar Ramchandra Pudakalkatti said: “Our company is committed to enhancing the performance of Bihar’s distribution network. Training with Ricardo’s power sector specialists in London provided an excellent opportunity to expose our teams to global best practice and industry leading technologies which they can apply to strengthen the utilities sector in India. It allowed us to not only expand the skill sets of our most valued employees but to reward their hard work and dedication whilst preparing them to take a leading role in India’s dynamic energy industry going forward.”

In addition to class-room based training sessions, the delegation received a guided tour of London’s Distribution System, attended an Energy Future’s Lab presentation on emerging power generation technology at Imperial College London, and visited The Crystal - one of the world’s most energy efficient and sustainable buildings.

“It was an honour to be joined by delegates from the Bihar State Power Holding Company and its subsidiary companies and to share knowledge and expertise between the UK and Indian power network systems,” said Rahul Desai, a senior consultant at Ricardo Energy & Environment. “I hope that the sessions will support the company’s ambitious goals for the growth and development of the Bihar energy distribution network, and I look forward to welcoming their return to London for further training in 2017.”

Ricardo supports organisations around the world to identify techno-economic solutions to their generation, transmission and distribution needs.

This includes the design and implementation of energy policies and regulations, master planning, feasibility studies, transaction advice and renewable energy requirements.

Its consultants have a range of international experience supporting global partners in the implementation and reform of robust, efficient and sustainable power network infrastructures and markets.

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