L&T executes first US order for nuclear equipment


Mumbai: Engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has executed its first order of 12 dry shielded canisters for storing radioactive waste from Transnuclear Inc. USA, a spokesperson said here Monday.

L&T will soon also dispatch two such additional canisters as part of its next order manufactured in accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) and Nuclear Safety Class 1 standards.

The spokesperson said the manufacture of the stainless steel canisters involves maintaining stringent tolerance levels.

Transnuclear Inc. USA, an Areva company, has placed five repeat orders for supplying such canisters to leading utilities based in the US and Switzerland, bringing the total ordered to 73.

“This signifies international recognition of L&T’s capabilities in this exclusive area and is the first step in participating in the potentially large global nuclear equipment market,” the spokesperson said.

L&T is a pioneer in manufacturing technology, equipment manufacture and site/plant services for the Indian nuclear power plant programme.

It is the only Indian manufacturer authorised by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to use the entire range of N, NPT, NA and NS certification which permits L&T to design, manufacture and construct nuclear island equipment as per US standards.

A $11.7 billion technology, engineering and construction major, L&T has been engaged in manufacturing critical nuclear components like nuclear reactors, steam generators, control rod drive mechanisms, heat exchangers, valves and NSSS pipelines since the past four decades.