Apr 28
Modularising Marvel
Modularising Marvel
THE Modular Fabrication arm of L&T Energy Hydrocarbon (LTEH) has four strategically located and digitally- enabled fabrication facilities – at Hazira, Gujarat (on the west coast of India), Kattupalli, Tamil Nadu (on the east coast of India), Sohar (at Oman) and Jubail (in Saudi Arabia). These facilities cater to a large clientele across geographies.
The ones at Hazira, Kattupalli, and Sohar are located on waterfront, having captive wharves enabling direct loadout of large modules, structures, and equipment for onshore and offshore projects across the energy value chain.
In 2020, the Modular Fabrication Facility (MFF) at Hazira commenced an international project to fabricate and deliver 99 refinery modules (pre-assembled racks, pre-assembled units, and pipe bridge racks) weighing 26,000 MT in total for a clean fuel project of Thai Oil’s Sriracha Refinery.
The project was to transform the existing oil refinery at Sriracha in Thailand’s Chonburi province into an environment-friendly facility that would produce higher-quality transportation fuels. The project will also increase the refinery’s production capacity from 275,000 to 400,000 barrels per day.
The scope involved detailed engineering of structural and piping works, procurement of secondary and tertiary steel, fireproofing, coating, insulation, testing, pre-commissioning, weighing, and loadout. The project also involved extensive work for jacketed piping, electrical, instrumentation, fire-proofing, insulation, and installation of pre-insulated tubes for steam tracing.
The overall scope involved the fabrication of approximately 13,000 MT of structural steel works, 200,000 inch-dia of piping fabrication, 1,250,000 inch-meter of piping erection and testing, including 130,000 inch-dia of welding, and 77,000 sq m insulation. The largest single- piece module on the project is 1,030 MT, with a height of 32 meters.
COVID-19 posed a severe challenge for deploying workers and resources, Yet, L&T engaged more than 4,000 workers during the peak of the project while adhering to all on-site safety practices. A dedicated project team worked relentlessly to overcome various challenges of mobilisation and worker migration to maintain the project’s continuity.
Piping installation, testing, and work up to pre- commissioning were carried out with modules fabricated in a train of 3 to 4 modules per site condition. Upon completion of the module works, pipes were cut, beveled, and protected for transportation.
The completed modules were loaded onto ocean-going vessels in multiple shipments (starting September 2021) using self-propelled modular transporters. Sea-fastening was carried out to ensure a safe transit journey from Hazira for an onward journey of 4,600 nautical miles to Thailand’s Laem Chabang port.
Notably, to avoid any mismatch of coordinates at hook-up points at the refinery site, L&T fabricated the modules at its Hazira facility as per the actual layout of the site.
The project was completed in October 2022 with 16 million lost-time injury-free man-hours, which garnered accolades from the customer. It was completed in a stringent timeline complying with international standards of best- in-class safety and quality practices. It earned the Hazira team appreciation at various forums – from end-customer Thai Oil and project management consultant Bechtel.
This successful execution of large-scale module fabrication at LTEH’s Hazira facility has set benchmarks to encourage global oil & gas companies and EPC contractors to increase industry adoption of modularisation for future projects.
L&T, with its varied and extensive modular fabrication experience and track record, is now well poised to play a vital role in the execution of such projects worldwide.
Apr 28
A Happening App
A Happening App
WHEN it comes to transforming conventional businesses, s m a r t technologies can work wonders. A
mobile app, that L&T Financial Services (LTFS) launched in 2022, has helped the company generate close to Rs 1,500 crore in business, and enabled collections of more than Rs 130 crore in less than a year.
Founded in 1994, LTFS is a retail-focused non- banking financial company. Its mobile app – PLANET – facilitates personalised lending and repayment services to users.
Since its launch in March 2022, the app has registered 2.4 million downloads on Google Play Store and Apple App Store and enjoys a robust user rating of 4.5 and 4.3 on the respective platforms – the highest rating among all finance apps.
Among the users are 2 lakh+ rural customers, who use the app to check loan details and access loan documents, availing specialised services like timely credit scores, daily mandi price updates, and getting EMI reminders. Besides English and Hindi, the app is also available in 10 Indian regional languages.
LTFS management attributes the high downloads to deeper penetration of loan products in rural India through digitisation and expansion of loan products in urban India. As of January, PLANET app has served over 21 lakh customers.
The app has features like instant consumer loans and two-wheeler finance for urban customers. The two-wheeler finance feature is an intuitive autonomous 5-step journey: from zeroing in on a vehicle model to identifying a dealer store to visit for delivery – the app is designed to offer a complete customer experience.
Apr 28
Bouquet of Benchmarks
Bouquet of Benchmarks
IN THE PROXIMITY of the Thar desert in Rajasthan, India’s largest integrated refinery and petrochemical complex is gradually taking shape. Located at Barmer, the HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd (HRRL) complex will process 9 MMTPA crude to produce over 2.4 million tonnes petrochemicals a year.
Staying true to its legacy of serving the nation, L&T is implementing several crucial facilities in this project. L&T Energy Hydrocarbon (LTEH) is steering the work with the support of other related L&T verticals like Heavy Engineering (HE). Specifically, LTEH is executing the Petrochemical Fluidised Catalytic Cracking Unit (PFCCU) and the Dual Feed Cracker Unit (DFCU) at HRRL.
In January, the Modification Revamp & Upgrade (MRU) team of HE completed the hydro test of two large on-site fabricated columns of 10.9 m and 10.5 m dia and weighing 1100 MT and 750 MT, respectively. These columns are part of the DFCU.
Prior to that, in December 2022, the MRU team completed the hydro test of the world’s largest on-site fabricated regenerator for the PFCCU. The hydro test involved 45 lakh litres water, 4.895 kg/cm² to 5.095 kg/cm² pressure and 5271 MT weight, with an hour’s holding time.
The regenerator – 16.25 m in dia, 31.7 m long and weighing 726 MT – marked the first instance when a heavy engineering team fabricated such a large piece of equipment on- site.
These records have earned high appreciation from HRRL management – particularly since they were achieved with an impressive track record in safety, quality and delivery. HRRL lauded the MRU team for adhering to the best shopfloor practices even when working on-site.
Apr 24
Expanding in Europe
Expanding in Europe
L&T GROUP company – LTIMindtree (LTIM) has recently opened a new delivery centre in Europe, taking the number of its delivery centres in the region to nine.
The latest centre, located at Ocean Office Park Krakow in Poland, was inaugurated on 6 March by Mr Jerzy Muzyk (Deputy Mayor – Krakow), Mr Przemyslaw Roth (VP – ASPIRE, Krakow), Mr Peter Mitchell (VP – the Association of Business Service Leaders), Mr Rao Maddukuri (President – Poland India Business Council) and LTIM COO & Executive Board Member Mr Nachiket Deshpande.
The 500-seater Krakow centre has been set up as part of LTIM’s expansion strategy in Eastern Europe. It will augment the company’s capabilities and bring its world-class services closer to its customers in the travel, transportation, and hospitality industries. It will also complement LTIM’s existing delivery centre in Poland’s capital Warsaw.
“We are delighted that a market leader like LTIMindtree is continuing to invest in our region and city to support innovation and enable digital transformation for global companies,” Mr Muzyk said.
Mr Deshpande underscored that the new centre would enable LTIM assess customer needs better and take its offerings closer to global clients and, in turn, help deliver next- generation experiences to them.
“This move aligns with our strategy to expand our global reach and strengthen our presence in key markets. Our nearshore delivery model has proven to be successful, and this expansion will further bolster our geo capabilities, making us more agile and responsive to client needs,” he added.
LTIM, with its network of 23 offices and nine delivery centres in Europe, serves over 75 clients.
Apr 24
Connecting Nagpur
Connecting Nagpur
AFTER Mumbai, Nagpur is the second city in Maharashtra to have a metro railway in phases starting in 2019. The Phase-1 of Nagpur  Metro was completed in December last, and Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated it for train services.
But why is L&T talking about this? That’s because, like several other metro railways projects in India and abroad, Nagpur Metro too bears the L&T imprint. L&T’s Smart World & Communication (SWC) arm is the one that has put in place the state-of-the-art telecommunication systems for Phase-1.
SWC was awarded the contract for the telecommunication systems’ design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
The scope of work encompassed putting in place a fiber optic-based transmission system, CCTV surveillance, TETRA Radio, master clock, access control, and intrusion detection system, public address and public information display system, central digitalised recording system, IP telephony, office automation and IT (OA/IT), and Telecom SCADA.
SWC completed and commissioned the telecommunication systems on time, contributing to the completion of Phase-1, which has 37 stations (spanning across 40 km), two depots, two receiving sub-stations, an operation control centre, and a backup operation control centre.
Apr 24
Detering Downtime
Detering Downtime
ROUTINE medical tests help diagnose diseases in humans at an early stage. It’s same with machines – early detection of wear and tear leads to early rectification, superior upkeep, longer machine life, and better returns on investment.
That’s why, in August 2021, Komatsu India set up a laboratory – Komatsu Oil Wear Analysis (KOWA) Centre. Located in Nagpur, it monitors the condition of Komatsu’s construction and mining machinery through Condition Analysis Services (CAS) such as wear-profiling, generating equipment health information and alerts, data evaluation, and artificial intelligence-based judgement on corrective actions with i-KOWA recommendations for best maintenance practices.
KOWA analyses lubricants, fuel, biofuel, grease, coolants, and wear elements, detects contamination, and checks physical properties. Like a routine blood test, where samples are collected from patients at home, samples collected from Komatsu machinery at project sites are sent to KOWA Centre.
Problems detected are rectified before they lead to machine downtime and call for replacing costly parts. Early detection of wear issues and CAS analysis help Komatsu machines last longer and bring in better returns on investment.
Mr Y Fujii (MD – Komatsu India) and Mr Arvind K Garg (Sr VP & Head – L&T Construction & Mining Machinery) marked the 10,000th test conducted at KOWA Centre last December by cutting a specially-designed celebratory cake.
Senior members from L&T – Mr Vivek Hajela, Mr Partha Mookherjee, Mr KA Sravan Kumar, and Mr C Jayakumar of Komatsu were present. The celebration was virtually linked to multiple offices of L&T and Komatsu across India.
Mr Garg highlighted the importance of a gradual shift from reactive to proactive service culture, enabling maximising machine uptime. Mr Fujii expressed satisfaction at the success of KOWA Centre which is operated by an all- women staff.
In India, Komatsu machines are marketed and serviced by L&T Construction & Mining Machinery.

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