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L&T and Howden JV to set up Rs. 100 cr facility for Axial Fans and Air-Heaters Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 05 May 2010
Mumbai: Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has signed a Joint Venture (JV) with UK based Howden to design, engineer, manufacture and supply axial fans and air pre-heaters to Indian thermal power plants ranging between 100 MW to 1200 MW.

The JV will invest around Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1000 million) for setting up of the industrial facility and related infrastructure. The manufacturing unit will be set up in Hazira, Gujarat, and its operations are expected to commence in 2011.

The joint venture agreement was signed by Mr. Ravi Uppal, MD & CEO, L&T Power and Mr. Bob Cleland, CEO – Howden Global at Mumbai on May 04, 2010 in the presence of Mr. A.M. Naik, Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro.

"L&T and Howden possess complementary strengths and make a winning combination in the Indian power generation market. The agreement is a landmark for both organisations, and the JV will aim at delighting its customers with steadfast project management and products of superior technology. We are very happy to join hands with a global technology leader like Howden, and I’m sure this partnership will go a long way forward," said Ravi Uppal.

"This JV marks another milestone for L&T Power. L&T is poised to emerge as India’s premier power sector company," said A.M. Naik, Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro.

The establishment of the JV represents a further strengthening of capabilities of L&T Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of L&T, which provides a one stop-solution for the Indian power generation sector. L&T also has joint ventures with MHI for the manufacturing of Super Critical Boilers, Steam Turbines and Generators. The manufacture of fans and air-heaters augments L&T Power’s portfolio of products from its own operations and operations of its existing joint ventures. With the combination of these joint ventures, L&T Power will have a distinct edge in the market for power plants.

This strategic partnership offers Howden access to the fast growing Indian power plant equipment market.

"India provides one of the major growth opportunities in the power generation market worldwide over the coming years, and Larsen & Toubro is one of the most respected companies in India. Further, Howden, with over one hundred years of experience in supplying fans and rotary heat exchangers to the power market, is the global market leader and supplies to over a hundred countries with a brand name respected the world over. The combination of Larsen & Toubro and Howden in this new joint venture is a completely natural fit and opens up wonderfully exciting opportunities into the future," said Bob Cleland, CEO – Howden Global.

Axial fans and air pre-heaters are vital components of energy efficient thermal power plants.

Power boilers require highly efficient and reliable air pre-heaters to ensure optimum performance. The core of the pre-heater, the heat exchange surface, is composed of several hundred tonnes of metal plates known as elements. As the pre-heater slowly rotates, at around 1-2rpm, the elements collect heat in the hot gas stream being discharged to the chimney and then transfer it to the cold air stream entering the boiler. This reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from the boiler by around 10%.

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