India’s Larsen & Toubro Ltd and France-based Areva have signed an MoU for cooperation to maximise localisation for the EPR nuclear power plant to be built at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. Areva’s EPR nuclear reactor is a third-generation advanced pressurised water reactor.
According to L&T, the MoU with Areva represented a major step forward for the company in the field of Pressurised Water Reactor technology and was a significant addition to its existing capabilities as well as the lead role it played in equipment manufacture, construction and project management for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors in India’s domestic nuclear power programme.
The MoU covers the prospect of partnership between L&T and Areva in manufacturing key nuclear island equipment, valves, piping, electrical, instrumentation and engineering work.
Through this partnership, Areva will transfer technology to utilise the forging capabilities of L&T Special Steels & Heavy Forgings (a joint venture with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd). The partnership will support the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and enhance the competitiveness of the Jaitapur project.
Speaking on the occasion, M.V. Kotwal, Whole-time Director and President – Heavy Engineering, L&T, said: “This partnership will add new dimensions to the capabilities of India’s manufacturing sector in the nuclear business.”