The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a Government of India company, and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), an engineering, manufacturing & construction major, have laid the foundation stone for their steel manufacturing & heavy forging plant here, an official release said Saturday.
At the ceremony in Surat, NPCIL and L&T said the new, fully integrated facility will help develop India’s capabilities in manufacturing critical components for the nuclear power and other core sector industries.
The foundation stone was laid jointly by S K Jain Chairman & Managing Director NPCIL & BHAVINI and M V Kotwal Member of the Board of L&T in presence of Dr. S. Banerjee, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman Atomic Energy Commission, and Mr. A. M. Naik, Chairman & Managing Director of L&T.
The state-of-the-art facility will be one of the best of its kind in the world. It will have the capability to produce 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.
The facility 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 and steel plants. Direct access to a water front at Hazira will facilitate multi-modal transportation and exports.
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.
Indigenous manufacture of forgings will close a critical gap in Indian industry’s capability to produce equipment for nuclear, thermal power and hydrocarbon plants. It will enable significant reduction in cycle times.
Considering the thrust on infrastructure growth in India, and the global nuclear renaissance, the market potential for such forgings is expected to remain strong over the long term.
The new facility fits in with L&T’s commitment to remain at the forefront of manufacturing technology across key sectors.
Operating at the higher end of the technology spectrum, over the years, L&T has introduced new products & processes into Indian industry. In critical sectors such as space research, nuclear and thermal power, defence and hydrocarbons.
L&T’s manufacturing facilities have met the challenges of technology, quality conformance and delivery, while ensuring the highest value to its customers.
L&T and NPCIL had announced the formation of a joint venture company to produce special steels and ultra heavy forgings on Nov 30, 2009.