L&T & The Zubair Corporation add Hi-tech Heavy Engineering Facility To Manufacturing Complex in Sohar, Oman
In order to better serve the GCC region, India-based L&T Heavy Engineering is set to inaugurate a high tech manufacturing facility in Sohar, Oman. The new unit in the SIPC area, Sohar will augment the existing modular fabrication facility, making it one of the largest integrated manufacturing complexes in the region catering to the hydrocarbon and power sectors.
Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering LLC is a joint venture of The Zubair Corporation and Larsen & Toubro Limited, India. With this JV, L&T now operates four companies in the Sultanate, expanding it’s operations to cover sectors including Construction, Erection of Transmission Towers, Modular Fabrication and Manufacture of critical equipment for process plants.
The Sohar facility is a pioneering venture in the GCC region and L&T’s maiden venture in critical fabrication projects outside India. The facility has been constructed by L&T Oman LLC, the first JV between L&T and Zubair. Construction was completed in a record time and trial production has commenced.
A succession of spectacular load outs in 2009, along with total revamp of Hurricane (RITA) damaged jack up rig FD-VII has affirmed its capabilities as a world class venture with a potential to launch the Sultanate as a major player in offshore fabrication industry.
The yard is now fully geared up for fabrication & load out of a 8 legged jacket weighing a colossal 10000 metric tons. The jacket will be rolled on to a custom built barge for onward transportation to Mumbai High North offshore field of Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC)
The jobs on hand are critical Cr-Mo reactor for a refinery. These are being manufactured for the first time in the region. With the recent qualification of manufacture of the state of the art Cr-Mo-V reactors, the Heavy Engineering Facility at Sohar, along with its neighboring sister company - L&T Modular Fabrication Yard, which is already a major player in offshore fabrication industry, will substantially contribute in a big way to SIPC becoming the only major manufacturing complex in the region.
The facility is spread over 300,000 sq metres and has a built-up area of 12,000 sq metres with an additional 100,000 square metres available for future expansion. Since the facility is built on the sea front, extensive piling had to be done before the structure could be erected. The facility has been qualified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for manufacture of Code Stamped equipment. It has also secured ISO certifications.
L&T is committed to empower local people through employment generation. As the operations ramp up, the first steps towards training of the Omani youth have also been started. The training process in this high end manufacturing industry is more intense and takes a longer time compared to other industries. Knowledge of various quality and safety systems need to be imparted, along with practical training. While the first batch of employees is into its 5th month of training, the selection process for the second batch has been completed.
The manufacturing complex will be formally inaugurated at 11 am on Monday, November 16, 2009, in the presence of dignitaries, shareholder representatives and other distinguished guests.