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L&T signs MoU with GE Hitachi for ABWR & BWR Nuclear Power Plants in India Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Mumbai : Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and US-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation on BWR and ABWR nuclear power plants.

The agreement with L&T is an important part of GEH’s strategy to establish an extensive network of local suppliers to help build a future GEH-designed Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) power station in India.

Under their new agreement, GEH and L&T will plan for the construction and engineering management resources that will be needed to build the proposed ABWR power station. GEH will serve as the technology provider of certain ABWR nuclear island equipment and components, as well as related engineering and technical advisory services. GEH also intends to apply the latest ABWR modular construction techniques. L&T will collaborate with GEH to engineer, manufacture, construct and provide certain construction management services.

The recent agreement between India and USA regarding co-operation in the field of civilian nuclear power opened up new opportunities for both countries. GEH’s ABWR technology is the world’s only commercially proven Generation III advanced reactor design, with four units in operation and another four under construction.

The power station is one of several being planned by India to increase the country’s nuclear generation capacity more than tenfold over the next two decades—from 4.1 GW today to 60 GW by 2030. The nuclear power initiative is a key part of India’s broader plan to expand its energy infrastructure to meet the country’s surging demands for electricity.

“We are pleased to sign this agreement with a company of L&T’s expertise and stature as we align our global nuclear supply chain with experienced local companies to assure that ABWR projects will be delivered on time to help India meet its important energy goals,” said Jack Fuller, GEH president and CEO.

GEH’s MOU with L&T is one of the first preliminary nuclear technology trade agreements to be announced by a U.S.-majority owned company since the United States and India adopted a civilian nuclear energy accord in October 2008.

L&T has been playing a leading role in equipment manufacture, construction and project management for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors in India’s domestic program. This MoU with GEH is a major step forward for L&T in the manufacture and construction of Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) components & systems. L&T and GEH hope to utilize indigenous capabilities for the complete construction of nuclear power plants including supply of reactor equipment and systems, valves, electrical & instrumentation products for ABWR plants to be set up in India.

Both L&T and GEH are optimistic about the emerging ‘nuclear renaissance’. L&T is already on its way to playing a key role in this scenario by building strong partnerships with leading companies in the field.

In March 2009, GEH announced an ABWR development agreement with Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), India’s only nuclear utility, operating 17 reactors. GEH is building its local supply chain in India and is exploring new business opportunities for civilian nuclear power in India that also include plant services and providing fuel for existing and new nuclear power plants.

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