MEET K. P. POWER’S MANAGEMENT TEAM

The perfect team to solve the most difficult issues in the renewable energy sector.

Mr. Ajay S. Dhumal – Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)

  • Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com), BMCC, Pune.
  • Masters of Commerce (M.Com), Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai.
  • Bachelors of Law (LLB), Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai.

After completing his jurisprudence, Mr. Ajay S. Dhumal, after a brief stint in real estate in Mumbai, decided to participate in the Govt. of India initiative, which proposed to encourage agricultural export by promoting aquaculture in the country. He participated in the tender that was floated by a Govt. of Maharashtra corporation, for privatizing 1200 acres of coastal land bank near Mumbai.
King Prawns Ltd. (KPL), one of the companies of the diverse conglomerate K. P. Group, was formed to undertake prawn farming and salt manufacturing activities and it was the successful bidder in the said tender. The company collaborated with the leading Japanese consultants, who were pioneers and front runners in developing prawn farms worldwide. The company put up its state-of-the-art aquaculture and salt manufacturing project in a record time of one year. The project was conceived as one of the most ecofriendly, integrated prawn and salt production project. It was the only project of its kind in the entire country and a meticulous system was designed to take in the natural tide water into the prawn and the salt works, without the use of pumps, thereby reducing its dependency on electricity, required for pumping millions of tons of water for the integrated project.
Despite having mobilized and invested huge resources in developing the entire 1200 acres of land, and just when the commercial production was to commence, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgment banning prawn production activities in the country. The company despite receiving a massive setback on account of the Supreme Court order, took up a leading position in not only getting the court order stayed, but also persuaded the Govt. to introduce a new legislation by an act of Parliament to permit this activity. The company could re-start its activities after more than 15 years, in 2012.
Looking to the potential of producing international grade salt in terms of chemical purity, K.P. Acqua was formed. The company has set up salt works in Gujarat and is producing 100,000 tons (100 million Kgs.) of International grade salt naturally, comparable to salt produced using vacuum evaporation, thus saving millions of tons of water pumping and evaporation cost. According to a premier Govt. research institute an efficient salt works should produce 40 tons/acre. The company’s salt works broke all records and produced around 200 tons/acre, by introducing innovative techniques of salt production, which not only involved study of the wind flow, but also included harvesting salt in the monsoon months, when all other salt works are shut down.
In the intervening period, K. P. Group was faced with huge crises of utilizing its vast assets created by developing the lands allotted to it for aquaculture purposes. Mr. Dhumal then decided to use the said infrastructure for wind energy projects. The company conceived of a plan to develop a 100 MW state-of-the-art wind energy project. It partnered with Tacke, a leading wind turbine manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of ENRON (USA). Unfortunately, the wind study did not confirm that the site would be top class windy site. Tacke therefore requested that since the company was entering Maharashtra for the first time, a top class site be acquired. K.P. Power Pvt. Ltd., (KPPL) which was supposed to be the subsidiary of King Prawns Ltd. (KPL), was formed, to develop the project on the land owned by King Prawns Ltd. However, since the land owned by King Prawns Ltd. (KPL) could not be developed for the wind energy project, K.P. Power had to independently acquire 600 acres of land in the best windy site in Dhule district in Maharashtra from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), on a 99-year lease.
A world class project which broke all power generation records of Maharashtra was established in 2001. However, before the site could be fully exploited ENRON, sold Tacke to General Electric (GE). GE, however, did not have plans to immediately start projects in India as they wanted to cater to the US market. GE issued K.P. Power a letter of first refusal, looking to the positive role played by K.P. Power in ensuring and completing the project, which was to be jointly put up with Tacke, supporting ENRON’s in its financial difficulties in the intervening period, and completing all the closing formalities for GE. K.P. Power still continues to support GE in maintaining its machines.
Since GE did not have any plans to put up projects in India, K.P. Power partnered with Vestas (Denmark) and completed the remaining project in 2006 in pursuance to the State Govt. policy declared in 2005. After completing these projects and honoring all its commitments made to its partners, K.P. Power discontinued to work as a wind energy project developer. However, in 2010 the Managing Director (MD) of Vestas joined as the M.D of Gamesa, and he insisted that K.P. Power should partner with them to put up wind energy projects in Maharashtra. K.P. Power then set up evacuation infrastructure for 150 MW and has commissioned over 100 MW of wind energy projects using Gamesa wind turbines.

Mr. Dinesh R. Manek – Director

Mr. Dinesh Manek is working in the capacity of Managing Director (MD) in the Manek Group of Companies having industrial salt manufacturing units in the State of Gujarat since 1971. He joined K. P. Group as a Director and has been handling the finance and general administration.

Mr. Sudheer P. Parkar –  Vice President, Business Development

  • Bachelor of Engineer (Electrical), 1969.

After Graduation, Mr. Parker joined MSEB as a Junior Engineer. He was associated with the construction and commissioning of the second largest 220 kV extra-high voltage sub-station next to Koyna 220 kV sub-station.
He was awarded a special appreciation from the then Chairman of MSEB for completing the sub-station work in a record time of 16 months against all odds. He worked in the Transmission Planning Department of the same organization in Mumbai in higher capacities.
Further he contributed significantly to the erection, testing, commissioning, operating and maintaining 400 kV /220 kV interconnecting sub-station at Kalwa, one of the most important grid sub-stations of the utility.
Later, he started his own construction/consultation company in the power transmission field. In this area he headed a team which repaired MSEB’s failed 220 kV power transformer at Padghe site (Thane Dist.). He also was operating and maintaining a number of extra voltage sub-stations in and around Navi Mumbai.
Currently his activities are focused on the development of wind and solar power projects in Maharashtra.

Mr. Suresh S. Borse – Vice President, Project Management

  • Bachelor of Engineer (Electrical), College of Engineering Pune (COEP).

After graduation Mr. Borse, joined the Government’s Public Works Department (PWD) & successfully completed the execution works in electrical field for period of 2-years. Subsequently Mr. Borse joined the MSEB. Mr. Borse completed 25 years at MSEB in the operation and maintenance of lines and sub-station up to 33 kV. He has also successfully completed the commissioning of wind turbines with 37 km of evacuation line within a period of 3-months in the Nasik Zone.
Thereafter, he joined MSETCL and has worked for about 9-years before retirement. At MSETCL, he repaired a 400 kV/220 kV BHEL-make ICT at 400 Kv, Dhule sub-station within a targeted period of 8 days and saved around Rs. 25 million and also distressed load shedding in Dhule and Nandurbar District for a period of over 1.5 years. In Nashik District he has commissioned 25 nos. of EHV transformers and ICTs up to the Capacity of 50 MVA to 200 MVA of Voltage Level 132 kV/33 kV and 220 kV/132 kV within a targeted period of 2-months.
He has also completed his TQM training in Japan with TEPCO in the year 2010 and has been awarded the ‘The Best Engineer Award’ from the Government of Maharashtra for his achievement in the year 2011.

Mr. Dilip K. Kadam – Vice President, Project Management

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), JNU, Delhi.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in German Language, JNU, Delhi.
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Management, Delhi University.

Mr. Dilip K. Kadam is a techno-commercial professional having more than 38 years of experience in the power sector and is specialized in commissioning, project management, performance testing of thermal and gas turbine of various technologies such as Associated Electrical Industries, U.K, Leningrade Metal Works, USSR, Kraft Works Union, Germany, Siemens, Germany and GE, USA.
He has looked after commissioning to handing over of the thermal power projects from 1.5 MW to 500 MW commissioned in India and abroad. He has worked very closely in the power projects at Libya (North Africa), Malta (Southern Europe), Ethiopia, Nepal, and Bhutan. He was also posted at Libya as the Country Manager, BHEL, Libya and was responsible for setting up the largest (600 MW) open cycle gas turbine power projects and also liaising with the various Libyan Government ministries like Ministry of Power, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Petroleum etc. at Libya. He was also responsible for the Total Cash Management and Marketing of BHEL products related to the Power Industry.
He had worked as a General Manager and head of the BHEL manufacturing plant at Mumbai and has hands-on experience for the factory operations, material management, personnel policies and procedures, quality control, safety and security, international business operations and total supply chain management for domestic and international projects.