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New Year Message from the Desk of Group President

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Thinking Back…2018
Consolidation – Automation – Control (C-A-C): The mantra of Skipper’s present and future success was taken very seriously in 2018 thus bringing Skipper under vibrant regime of ONE-Skipper. The points considered in 2018 and successfully implemented:-
• Document Management System (DMS) all to be in cloud and accessible with Authority matrix
• Total E-banking, standardization in MIS to bring strong control
• Empowered skippesimplified.com to minimize the use of paper in organization. This site provides access to all skipperites with selective authority to view SOPs, all documents in DMS, Brand Manual and HR related realtime information.
Capex Implementation: In today’s world, the only way to maintain growth within the organization is investment with minimum borrowings. Skipper continued its strong capex spending in 2018 and is just as impressive.
• Skipper house in Victoria Island Lagos become operational in September 2018.
• Skipper new manufacturing plant for Switchgears & Transformers along with consolidated warehouse spread in about 50,000 sq mtr in Ikorodu- Lagos is under construction and will be fully functional by March 2019.
• Construction Machinery and Cranes ownership capacity is being augmented as per ABP (Annual Business Plan) to optimize Civil construction capacity for our Transmission lines, substations and power plants under construction by Skipper Nigeria & it’s SPVs.
• Power Transformers manufacturing capacity is already up-graded from 100MVA/220kV to 500MVA/765kV and Plant capacity from 3000MVA to 12,000MVA PA at Skipper Bhiwadi Plants by investing in test fields, cranes, production line and winding machines etc.

Project Closures within CTC (Time and Budgets): Today’s mantra of success lies in managing projects within budgeted CTC (Cost To Company) and well before agreed timeline. I am personally committed to visit every active project site and meet the cost and timelines. So do I expect from my CXOs and PMs. I am happy to note that – Burkina Faso (Rural Electrification), Togo-CEB (3X161kV Substations), Bihar – India (14X132kV Substations), Bhutan (8X11kV Substations), Calabar CR (10MW- Diesel Power Plant) were completed and handed over to the owners during last 6 months. I wish to congratulate the PMs and CXOs in achieving these milestones.

Open Houses conducted in SKIPPER MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING in India: Open houses are conducted across skipper plants and offices annually. Recent open house sessions were conducted during November 2018 in plant (Supervisors & Above) and offices (Assistant Managers & Above) gave Corp. Hq. Management to realign with the workforce and many suggestions have been picked and approved by the board thus announcing the amendment in SOPs with immediate effect. Some of the suggestions are being implemented directly as such. Same practice is being adapted in African subsidiaries as well year on year.

MDP & EDP (Management & Executive Development Programme): An agency of the international fame has been appointed to drive the programme and do the capacity building of our organic team within Skipper. The first batch of Nigerian subsidiary shall conclude latest by March 2019; thus bringing placement of the winners in higher positions within the group.

Looking Ahead…2019

We shall focus on completion of all projects near completion in the First quarter of this calendar year. I am eager to see the closure and handover of:
• TIGA HEP- Kano (10MW Hydro) in January 2019
• Mando- Kaduna (132kV Bay extension) in January 2019
• Kudendah – Kaduna (132kV Substation) in January 2019
• Lanlate/Abeokuta – Oyo (132kV Substation and bay extension) in April 2019
• Konongo- Ghana (33kV/20/26MVA Substation) in January 2019
• Berekum- Ghana (2X35MVA/161kV Substation, 34.5kV-2km and 161kV-40km lines) by January 2019
• Kenya- KPLC (5X10MVA/33kV Substations and 200km of lines) by March 2019
We will continue to support our CXOs and PMs through cash flow and central support to ensure them meeting their targets.

As we step into 2019, I would like to thank Almighty God for His continued blessings on our Group. We shall strive harder in 2019 at skipper to meet stakeholders’ expectations in deliverance, competitiveness & quality.

Wishing all of you and your wonderful families, A very Happy, Prosperous & Healthy New Year 2019.

Thank you and God Bless

Jitender Sachdeva

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Inauguration of “SKIPPER HOUSE” in Lagos, Nigeria

Skipper House is the Exclusive Exhibition/ Display centre cum Office for Skipper and its Associates. Skipper Nigeria uses state-of-the-art assembly plant and warehousing of IPGen (Asset Management arm of SkipperSeil DMCC) in Ikorodu Industrial Area, Lagos, thus assuring ready/early delivery for equipment (Transformers & Skipper panels) manufactured by Skipper.
Skipper commissioned its Regional Headquarters “Skipper House” at E1, Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Soft opening of “Skipper house” was done on 25th September, 2018 by The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, HE Barnabas Bala Bantex.

The inauguration was graced by guests of honour i.e. The President of the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase, Group-ED, Dangote Group, Mr. DVG Edwin, and Group MD- Dangote Cement, Mr. Joseph O. Makoju. Now after the commissioning of “Skipper House” SkipperSeil group has upgraded Nigeria to African headquarters of the group. Skipper House is also a permanent exhibition cum training center for Solar and Smart Home/City Models to train the youth and Power Sector professionals.

Skipper Participation in Power Nigeria 2018

After the inauguration of Skipper headquarters, the delegation visited the Power Nigeria exhibition for opening ceremony where Skipper participated as main sponsor of the event.
Skipper displayed its medium voltage products like Distribution transformer, Metering Panel, Outdoor CT/VT and PSS.

The key customers of Skipper in Africa include Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Lafarge, GRIDCO (Ghana), NIGELEC (Niger), NIPP (Nigeria), ECG (Ghana), CEB (Togo), Dangote Cement, Dangote Oil Refinery and almost all DISCOMs in Nigeria. In addition, many Copper & Gold Mines, Limestone & Uranium Mines, Process & Steel Industries etc. are on Skipper Transformers & Substation.

Successful completion of Team 9 Project, Burkina Faso

​​Skipper EPC team has successfully handed over the Team 9 project- (value USD 12.8M) in May 2018 for construction of MV & LV network at 43 communities in Burkina Faso. The Project was funded by Exim bank and the complete scope of work included achievement of rural electrification works, detailed studies, studies of execution, provision of equipment and facilities, construction lines, trial and commissioning of electrical networks in Burkina Faso under Lot-1 & 4.
Residents of these communities have had to endure without electricity. The objective of this project was to provied electricity to villagers and now it is expected that this project will help address the power challenges.
#RuralElectrification #BurkinaFaso #Skipper #EPCProjects

Skipper sponsors the conference on Solar and Other Renewable Energy sources

Skipper Nigeria sponsored the conference on Solar and renewable energy in Abuja, Nigeria on 21st June, 2018. The event was organized by Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)’s Nigeria Chapter on 21st June, 2018 in Abuja to follow up on the outcomes of Founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in New Delhi on 11th March, 2018. Governor of Cross River state HE Ben Ayade & High Commissioner of India to Nigeria HE BN Reddy addressed the audience and applauded skipper’s contribution in Nigeria on renewable energy projects. Skipper is presently executing various SOLAR projects in Northern States of Nigeria in rooftop with storage power, home solutions, mini grids with storage power and on grid MW Projects valuing over 35M USD.
#SolarEnergy #RenewableEnergy #ISA #ASSOCHAM

Inauguration of 220kV GIS Substation at Sector-69, Gurugram

SkipperSeil Limited has won a greenfield EPC project of 220/33kV, 2x100MVA GIS substation by HVPNL in Sector 69, Gurugram, Haryana. The project entails complete EPC—from survey, design and engineering to supply, construction and project management of 7 bays of 220kV and 26 bays of 33kV with 2X100MVA, 220/33kV Power Transformers. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2019.
The inauguration of project was attended by Ms. Poonam Sachdeva, Director, SkipperSeil Ltd., Mr. Anil Yadav, Superintendent Engineer(TS), Mr. R.P. Sharma, Executive Engineer (TS), Mr. K.K.Sharma, Executive Engineer (Civil), Mr. Ranveer Chuahan, Executive Engineer(TS), Manesar, Mr. Mohit Agarwal, SDO (Construction), Mr. Nasir Khan, Junior Engineer (Design), Mr. Mukesh Gupta, SDO (Civil), Mr. Ankit Kaushik, Project Manager, SkipperSeil Ltd. and EPC Design team of Skipper.


The EPC team of Skipper has an extensive experience in managaing large contracts and ensure accuracy and timeliness of Projects. The team successfully commissionned its 1st 220kV GIS Substation of JICA HVPNL Project in May, 2017. Among the key new projects under executions are 1×26 MW, 11/33kV Gas Fire Power Plant with Associated 7KM Gas Pipeline and Distribution Network Interface in Calabar, 2X60MVA, 132/33kV Sub-station, 50kVA Solar Powered Mini Grids in 23 LGAs & Solar Powered Stand-alone Street Lights in Kaduna and 6MW Hydro Power Plant in Challawa, Kano.

Skipper CXO Retreat H-1(2018-19)

A 3 days (12-14th May) Half Yearly Event at Hilton Jumairah Beach Resort at JBR Walk Dubai. Highly motivated Skipperites presented their innovative techniques along with focus on Consolidation-Automation- Controls. Event was concluded with declaration (based upon excelling in their KRA assessment) of Best Managers of the year (Ms. Bharti Chandhok, Mr. Vijay Aggarwal & Mr. Suresh Matta).
Four Managers were also declared selected into MDP from Indian subsidiary (Management Development Programme). These MDP participants (Ms. Bharti Chandhok, Mr. Vijay Aggarwal, Mr. Suresh Matta & Mr. Rajan Keshri ) will go in for extensive trainings at best of the institutes with the aim for excelling ones to finally take lead positions in SkipperSeil down the line in upcoming years.

Skipper awarded order for Rural Electrification work in Togo

SkipperSeil India has received order for up-gradation of Electricity Distribution Capacity Project in Togo. The EPC project has undertaken under the GOI LOC Electrification works to develop the distribution network for rural electrification of localities & sub localities in Kara and Savana regions of Togo and involves construction of Medium Voltage (MV) and Low Voltage (BT/LV) network.

The contract was signed in the presence of Mr. Ahmed BOUKARI, Director Projects, CEET and Mr. Boda S.WAGUENA, Project coordinator, CEET on 05th may 2018. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Kalyan Sunder, Sr. Vice President and Mr. Pankaj Bahar, Manager-Business Development from Skipper Ghana Ltd. and Mr. Vijay Agarwal, Manager tendering from SkipperSeil Ltd., India. ​The project is slated to play a key role in effectively distributing electricity to subscribers and increasing electrification rate of project localities.
#Togo #RuralElectrification