Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and UK’s Rolls-Royce have signed a memorandum of understanding to make components and provide services for Light Water Reactors (LWR) in India and abroad.
The companies will be complementing each other as L&T has proven track record in heavy engineering and construction while Rolls Royce will lend its expertise in control and instrumentation.
“The agreement brings together rich experience and will effectively leverage the strengths of both the companies to tap rapidly emerging opportunities in India, UK and rest of world,” said M V Kotwal, senior executive vice president and board member, L&T.
The companies have agreed to collaborate on areas, including nuclear instrumentation and controls, engineered products and systems, reactor components, engineering services, in-service reactor support and waste management.
Production of instruments will be in India.
“The instruments will be manufactured by L&T in its different manufacturing units depending on their nature. For example very heavy instruments will be manufactured in L&T’s Hazira plant whereas high precision small instruments will be manufactured in the Coimbatore plant.”
Production of these instruments is expected to start in 6 to 8 months, as there are some technical issues to be sorted out between India and the US.