CleanTech/ Renewable Energy, Finance, Other

GE looks at up to 20% rise in revenues from India

According to reports, GE is looking at up to 20 per cent increase in revenues from Indian businesses, Chairman and CEO of the US-based company Jeffrey R Immelt said today.

The company’s portfolio in India includes power, oil & gas, transportation, healthcare and aviation.

“We hope our revenues from business here (India) will grow 15-20 per cent this year,” Immelt told reporters here without revealing any other financial details. Globally, GE had posted USD 147.3 billion revenue in 2012.

The company which set up India’s first hydro power plant in Karnataka is betting big on its power business here and is more likely to focus on renewable energy than coal and gas projects as there is scarcity of conventional fuel.

“Power business is in a hamstring now… Though companies are looking at importing LNG (liquified natural gas), but gas and coal are issues, they will be addressed in a few years,” said John Flannery, President and CEO GE India. Power sector is a key business for GE India, he added.

The company is also of the view that India’s power deficit is an inhibitor to its growth.

The power vertical of the company was dismantled into three segments — GE Oil & Gas, GE Power & Water and GE Energy Management. GE India will be now headed by Banmali Agrawala from April 1, 2013.

GE, which has supplied nuclear reactors at Tarapore Atomic station feels that Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, in March 2011, and availability of cheaper gas in the US has impacted nuke power business worldwide.

“Nuclear industry has been impacted by two things, Fukushima disaster and USD 2 price of gas in the US..very cheap gas,” Immelt said, adding that those things have had an impact everywhere including India.

GE India’s manufacturing facility will come up near Pune by the end of this year. It currently employs 14,000 people in India.

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