L&T bags order to supply 22 reactors to Kuwait National Petroleum

Larsen & Toubro's (L&T) heavy engineering division has been awarded an order to manufacture and supply 22 hydrocracker and atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) reactors for Kuwait National Petroleum Company's prestigious "clean fuel project 2020."

The order is valued at Rs1,695 crore, making it the largest ever order placed with any single manufacturer in the world for such critical reactors. Japanese and Italian reactor manufacturers were also keen on bagging this prestigious order.

These reactors will be manufactured from advanced technology steels containing chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, with thickness up to 300 mm and weights up to 1450 MT.

The reactors for the clean fuel project 2020 have to conform to Chevron process design and specifications. L&T's Heavy Engineering Division is amongst a select group of Companies qualified for manufacture of such critical equipment.

L&T will manufacture these critical reactors in its state-of-the-art facilities at Hazira Works which is one of the biggest integrated manufacturing complexes situated on a water front with easy access to the sea. These reactors are required to be delivered to the refinery in Kuwait by the third quarter of financial year 2010-11.