Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) have opened two new facilities for the manufacture of supercritical coal fired boilers and steam turbines/generators in India.
The two companies formed a joint venture to respond aggressively to India's strong electricity demand, which is sharply increasing along with that country's robust economic growth, through the manufacture and supply of high efficiency coal fired power generation equipment.
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. The 54 000 square meter boiler production plant 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 9900 square metres 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.
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 square metres factory 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 and began delivery to the site last year.
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 MW to 800 MW, and nine turbines.
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