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Larsen & Toubro and Rolls-Royce sign MoU for Nuclear cooperation Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Monday, 05 April 2010
Mumbai: Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Rolls-Royce have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation to effectively address the projected need for light water reactors (LWR) in India and internationally.

The two companies have agreed to collaborate on areas including nuclear instrumentation and controls, engineered products and systems, reactor components, engineering services, in-service reactor support and waste management.

Light water reactor technology is in use in over sixty per cent of civil nuclear power plants operating worldwide.

"India has developed an impressive nuclear capability over the last 34 years which rivals that of any country. India is a key strategic market for Rolls-Royce and I am very pleased that we are working with Larsen & Toubro, one of the country's most pre-eminent engineering companies," said Lawrie Haynes, Rolls-Royce, President - Nuclear.

The cooperation with L&T for instrumentation and controls will form the first operational phase of this relationship to bridge the gap in the existing supply chain in support of India's ambitious new build program.

"Our skills and capabilities are complementary and I am confident that we can forge a strong and mutually beneficial relationship," he added.

In the UK, Rolls-Royce is leading the development of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Centre that will bring together an industrial consortium of around 30 companies from the UK nuclear supply chain. University partners will lead key research themes. Rolls-Royce currently has the largest nuclear skills base of any UK company, with approximately 2,000 employees in the UK, US and France.

"The agreement brings together rich experience and will effectively leverage the strengths of both the companies to tap rapidly emerging opportunities in India, UK and rest of world. We welcome this opportunity to work together with Rolls-Royce, a highly-reputed, technology-driven company," said M.V. Kotwal, Senior Executive Vice-President and Board Member, L&T.

Rolls-Royce' expertise in the nuclear sector includes component manufacturing, licensing, project management, supply chain management and engineering. Rolls-Royce is also a leading supplier for digital instrumentation and controls for nuclear power plants. It's capabilities across the nuclear cycle range from concept to through-life and life-extension.

The agreement between Rolls-Royce and L&T follows the recent bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Declaration by the Indian and UK Governments, which enables UK and Indian industries to engage in civil nuclear commerce.

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