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L&T and NPCIL to set up facility for Special Steels and Ultra Heavy Forgings Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Mumbai: Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) have announced the formation of a joint venture company to produce special steels and ultra heavy forgings. A new, fully integrated facility will be set up on 100 acres of land at Hazira, Surat.

The JV will supply finished forgings for nuclear reactors, pressurizers & steam generators, in addition to heavy forgings for critical equipment in the hydrocarbon sector, as well as for thermal power plants. This facility will significantly augment India’s capabilities in manufacturing critical components for the nuclear power industry and is scheduled to be comissioned in 2011.

 NPCIL is expected to invest Rs 150 crore and L&T is expected to invest approximately Rs 465 crore in the 26 : 74 equity joint venture.

The 65000 sq.m.facility will have a dedicated steel melt shop producing ingots weighing up to 600 MT each, and a heavy forge shop equipped with a forging press which will be amongst the largest in the world. It would be equipped with 9000 tonne and 17000 tonne forging presses capable of producing large forgings, upto 5 m in height & 8.5 m in diameter.

"This JV will place India amongst the few countries in the world capable of producing nuclear grade heavy forgings. When combined with the established facilities at Hazira, this venture will form part of a fully integrated high technology manufacturing complex. NPCIL has been a valued customer for our nuclear plant systems and equipment. This joint venture will add a new dimension to our long standing relationship," said Mr. A. M. Naik, Chairman & Managing Director of L&T.

With the addition of this forge facility, L&T's Hazira Manufacturing Complex will enter an exclusive club of manufacturers with an integrated capability covering the entire range - from melting of steel to finished equipment.

"The establishment of JV between NPCIL and L&T reflects our vision of steady progress for growth of Nuclear Power in the country in a self reliant manner. The facility would contribute in closing the gap in the supply chain for Nuclear Power Reactors, wide spectrum of installations for nuclear fuel cycle and other infrastructure applications like, hydrocarbon and power. I am very happy that this is a Public-Private Partnership venture," said Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman Atomic Energy Commission.

"The joint venture will be a major strategic step towards achieving the target of 20 GW of nuclear power by 2020 and 63 GW by 2032. It will accelerate NPCIL’s efforts for localization of LWR technologies and will open up possibilities for export of critical nuclear equipment," said Dr. S. K. Jain, Chairman & Managing Director NPCIL & BHAVINI.

Direct access to a water front at Hazira will facilitate multi-modal transportation and exports.

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