Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s leading engineering, manufacturing & construction major have laid the foundation stone for their new steel manufacturing & heavy forging plant.

In November 2009, L&T and NPCIL had announced the formation of a joint venture company to produce special steels and ultra heavy forgings.

At a ceremony in Surat, NPCIL and L&T said that the new, fully integrated facility will help develop India’s capabilities in manufacturing critical components for the nuclear power & other core sector industries.

The foundation stone was laid jointly by Dr. S K Jain chairman & managing director NPCIL & BHAVINI and Mr. M V Kotwal member of the Board of L&T. Dr. S. Banerjee, secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and chairman Atomic Energy Commission, and Mr. A. M. Naik, chairman & managing director of L&T were also present.

The facility will have the capability to produce ingots weighing up to 600MT 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.

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.

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