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L&T MHI JV launches Full-scale Operation at Twin Facilities in Hazira Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Hazira: Two new plants belonging to two joint ventures between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), created to manufacture supercritical-pressure coal-fired boilers and steam turbines/generators respectively, have been completed and launched full-scale operations. Both facilities were formally dedicated to the nation at the inaugural functions.

The plant for manufacturing steam turbines and generators is operated by L&T MHI Turbine Generators Private Limited (LMTG), a JV based in Mumbai, of which Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is also a JV partner as generator technology licensor.

The 53,000 sq.m factory, situated on a 280,000 sq.m site, consists of a turbine production building and a generator manufacturing building, in which large manufacturing machinery and test equipment are installed. The plant is currently producing supercritical-pressure steam turbines for a coal-fired plant under construction in Andhra Pradesh state and began delivery to the site last year.

The two new plants were built on a site adjacent to L&T's existing plant in an industrial park at Hazira in Gujarat state, in northwestern India.

Since their establishment in 2007, the two JVs have been establishing solid foothold in thermal power generation equipment market in India, respectively, securing firm orders for seven boilers, ranging from 600 megawatts (MW) to 800 MW, and nine turbines.

The 54,000 sq.meter boiler production plant, located on a 280,000 sq.m property, is managed by L&T MHI Boilers Private Limited (LMB), a JV headquartered in Mumbai. By using advanced equipment, the boiler production plant has commenced welding and assembly work of boiler parts. On the same site LMBPL has also built a 9,900 sq.m plant to manufacture coal mills, which are used to crush coal - fuel for boilers, and inaugurated assembly of machines. Plans call for the plant to start machining of related parts this autumn.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Uppal, President (Power) and Member, L&T Board, said: “The commissioning of L&T-MHI JV’s manufacturing facilities in Hazira are a landmark achievement for India as it becomes the second local ‘Power plant manufacturing’ unit in the country enabling the country to meet its enhanced requirement of the power generation equipment and move towards self sufficiency. The JV represents the confluence of a global technology leader with India’s largest engineering and infrastructure organisation. The two JV factories equipped with the state-of-art facilities have been built and put into operation in a record time of less than 18 months. The Hazira facility is India’s largest integrated manufacturing complex for the production of fuel efficient and environmentally friendly super critical generation equipment”.

Mr. Hideaki Omiya, President, MHI, commented, “Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is one of the leading companies in the world with proven designs for high-capacity super-critical boilers and turbine generators. MHI’s boilers and turbine generators are among the world’s best for supercritical ratings of 660 MW and above. MHI’s boilers and turbine generators have established worldwide working references spanning over 25 years. In India, we see a nation that is poised to take a strategic position in international business in the coming years. And in L&T, we have a company which has the drive, ambition and ability to shape that dream to reality. Our partnership with L&T for this venture essentially is all about the coming together of two organizations that are world leaders in engineering excellence as well as committed to the cause of reducing the environmental burden.”

The inaugural function for the supercritical boiler facility was attended by Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises, Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Minister of Power and Mr. Bharatsinh Solanki, Minister of State for Power. Later in the day, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi attended the inaugural function of the facility for supercritical turbine generators.

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