Citec India Hosts Energy Ambassador 'Pentti Itkonen' in India

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EnergyVaasa, the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries, chose the 25 year old, engineering student Pentti Itkonen as the Energy Ambassador.

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In an agro-based country like India, Bio-power has a growing demand. Nevertheless, solar and wind power are also areas where the future is heading towards. Citec is also working on such projects. Aiming for a cleaner environment, said Nasir Mulani

This year’s Energy Ambassador, Pentti Itkonen, visited Citec India last week. He arrived at the Chatrapati Shivaji airport in Mumbai on October 12th and has experienced Incredible India with his Citec hosts. He was at the Citec Mumbai office from 14th to 18th October.

India was selected of all the locations Citec had on offer for the Energy Ambassador’s visit. This was a natural choice, as Citec started up operations in India almost 10 years ago and currently employs almost 400 in India, with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. This makes India the second largest Citec company in terms of amount of employees. The company was founded by two students in 1984, and has since grown into employing approximately 1100 experts globally today. Citec currently leads the Finnish export statistics for technology consulting firms (SKOL, The Finnish Association of Consulting Firms, 2012). The competition for cost-efficient engineering services is fierce and therefore active presence in India is a prerequisite for Citec’s continued growth.

Pentti Itkonen comments: “It’s amazing to be in Incredible India, I have to admit that this has probably been the destination I’ve been looking forward to the most. The people at Mumbai office have welcomed me with fascinating Hindu ceremonies and I was honoured to start off my week like that. It was interesting to discover how Citec is working globally and specially the Indian operations.”

Further, as Citec works in global teams, Itkonen could experience a project where experts from many countries work together to come up with the best solutions to the customer’s needs. Thus, Itkonen became specifically more acquainted with one of Waste-to-Energy power plant projects designed by Citec. In this project, the customer is from Switzerland and the plant is built in the UK.

“In an agro-based country like India, Bio-power has a growing demand. Nevertheless, solar and wind power are also areas where the future is heading towards. Citec is also working on such projects. Aiming for a cleaner environment, we are proud to support the Energy Ambassador campaign”, says Mr. Nasir Mulani.

In addition to his exposure to Citec as a global company and its energy business in India, the Energy Ambassador got an insight into also other aspects of India. For instance, he had a genuine Indian dinner at the home of an Indian family and visited some Indian orphanages.

About Citec-
Citec was founded by two students in 1984, and has since grown into employing approximately 1100 experts globally today. Citec currently leads the Finnish export statistics for technology consulting firms (SKOL, The Finnish Association of Consulting Firms, 2012). Citec provides multi-discipline engineering and information management services to the Energy and Power industry, and other technology-dependent industries. The number of employees of the Citec companies currently amounts to approximately 1100 and the turnover for 2012 was about 66 million euros. Citec is headquartered in Vaasa, Finland, and has offices in Finland, India, Sweden, Norway, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and Singapore.

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