L&T and Japan''s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) have signed
a joint venture agreement for setting up a manufacturing facility to supply super-critical
steam turbine and generator facility in India.
follows a technology licensing and technical assistance agreement for manufacturing
super-critical turbines and generators, signed between L&T Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
turbines use higher steam temperatures and pressures than sub-critical pressure
power generation, and are more fuel-efficient and environment friendly. Coal-based
plants using super critical technology reduce coal consumption relative to power
output thus reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by roughly
2.5 per cent.
integral component of energy efficient coal based power plants, supercritical
turbines are expected to meet the demand-supply gap for power plant equipment
as envisaged in the country''s plan for a mega ramp up in power generation capacity
using super-critical technology.
supercritical generation requires more sophisticated technology in equipment design
to withstand the high temperature and pressure levels, and machining of high-strength
component materials is a complex task, as they are engineered to operate at steam
pressures above the critical point of water: 22.12MPa and 374.15°C (705.5°F/647.3K).
Heavy Industries has vast experience in these systems, having already delivered
approximately 70 units in Japan and abroad.
says the establishment of the joint venture represents a further strengthening
of its already established relationship with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It already
has a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for manufacturing super critical
Mitsubishi Group has been keen on a foothold in the core equipment field in the
power generation sector in India considering the country''s growing power demand
while L&T has been looking for a technology partner with state of art technologies
who would be willing to invest and work with it.
proposed manufacturing joint venture, with a capital outlay of around Rs880 crore,
will have a product configuration catering to plant capacities ranging between
500 MW to 1000 MW. The manufacturing operation expected to commence sometime during
the later part of FY 2008-09.
Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is among the leading
global heavy machinery manufacturers with consolidated sales of around $25 billion.
Its diverse line up of products and services encompass shipbuilding, power plants,
chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures, industrial and general
machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning systems.
Electric Corporation (Mitsubishi Electric), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is
a recognised world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical
and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space
development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology,
energy, transportation and building equipment. It recorded consolidated group
sales of of approximately $32.7 billion in the fiscal year ended 31 March, 2007.