Aug 04
Mumbai to Mainland
Mumbai to Mainland
The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link project achieves a significant milestone
The construction of India’s longest sea- bridge – the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) – reached a momentous milestone on 24 May, bringing it closer to commissioning.  The under-construction sea-bridge, whose major portion is being constructed by L&T, linked Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr Eknath Shinde and his deputy Mr Devendra Fadnavis visited the project site to celebrate the milestone.
The event was graced by dignitaries from the Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai: Dr Fukahori Yasukata (Consul-General), Ms Mori Reiko (Consul) and Mr Vivek Kulkarni (General Consultant), along with Ms Taeko Iwamoto (Representative of JICA India). Other notables present included Mr Rahul Shewale (MP), Mr Bhushan Gagrani (Additional Chief Secretary – Maharashtra) and several senior officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
Mr S V Desai (Whole-time Director & Sr EVP – Civil Infrastructure, L&T) and his team welcomed the dignitaries to the project site.
They were offered an overview of the megaproject – its significance, the challenges encountered in construction and the remarkable milestones. Thereafter, a heritage open-deck BEST bus was flagged off from Mumbai towards Navi Mumbai, and it became the first vehicle to cross MTHL.
The Chief Minister expressed his delight at the milestone and emphasised the positive impact that MTHL will have on the lives of people. He referred to the project as a ‘game-changer for the state’. Appreciating the project team’s efforts, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Fadnavis said: “The road to a trillion-dollar economy passes through the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link.”
In a symbolic gesture of progress and connectivity, Mr Fadnavis took to the wheel of a car, along with the Chief Minister, and drove across MTHL.
Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi took to Twitter to accentuate the significance of the project. The tweet resonated with millions, highlighting the government’s commitment. The event culminated in a dazzling display of celebration, as a magnificent fireworks spectacle illuminated the sky, casting vibrant colours over MTHL.
MTHL is a 21.8 km 6-lane bridge connecting Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. Starting at Sewri in south Mumbai, it crosses the Thane Creek north of Elephanta Island and touches down at Chirle, near Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai. MTHL will facilitate connectivity to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, JNPT Port, Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and the Mumbai-Goa Highway.
The project is being executed using many unique products and state-of-the-art construction methods. L&T, along with its partner in the project IHI of Japan, has collaborated with many internationally reputed firms to deliver the project with the highest standards of quality and safety.
Aug 04
Successive Send-offs
Successive Send-offs
For L&T Heavy Engineering, delivering excellence is a way of life
Affirming its focus on adding thrust to the petrochemical industry, L&T  Heavy Engineering recently delivered several critical equipment for refineries in India and abroad in quick succession.
On 8 May, Ms Sukla Mistry (Director – Refineries, Indian Oil) virtually flagged off three critical Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) equipment from L&T’s AM Naik Heavy Engineering Complex (AMNHEC) at Hazira in Gujarat. This is for a mega Para-xylene (PX) and PTA project at Paradip refinery in Odisha.
The equipment included titanium cladded column (1st dehydration tower, 7.7 diameter x 31 metre height and weighing 370 MT), titanium-cladded vessel (1st TA crystalliser, 5.2 diameter x 12.5 metre height and weighing 85 MT), and SS weld overlay vessel (1st PTA crystalliser, 5.5 diameter x 13 metre height and weighing 280 MT), each with ‘exotic’ metallurgy.
The flag-off ceremony was attended by Mr Anil V Parab (Whole-time Director & Sr EVP – Heavy Engineering & L&T Valves), Mr Ganesh Venugopal (VP & Project Director – Technip Energies), Mr Falgun Chokshi (EVP – L&T Heavy Engineering) and other high-ranking officials from Indian Oil, Toyo, Technip and L&T.
The dispatch of these critical equipment marks a significant step in the project, which will have a production capacity of 800 kilo tonnes per annum (KTA), a PTA capacity of 1200 KTA, and the additional production capacity of 50 KTA toluene.
This remarkable achievement highlights L&T’s technical expertise, exceptional project management skills and strong commitment to building capabilities for Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
On 9 May, an LPG Amine Contactor was flagged off from AMNHEC at Hazira, 4.5 months ahead of contractual delivery date. Meant for the Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) in Karnataka, it will be part of the LPG Amine Absorber System in the PFCC Unit of the refinery.
MRPL's management team graced the flag-off ceremony and handed over an appreciation letter acknowledging the outstanding performance of L&T Heavy Engineering.
“L&T team exhibited excellent engineering and manufacturing skills during execution of the project. Their commitment, dedication and professionalism at all stages of this project was one of the best we have seen in recent history by any of our suppliers,” the letter reads.
On 10 May, two reactors were flagged off from Hazira by senior delegates of the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam.
The deliverables comprised a 1st LC-fining reactor (weighing 1,160 MT, 49.5-meter in height x 4.3 diameter and a shell thickness of 225 mm) and one VGO HDT reactor (weighing 662.7 MT, 31.5-metre height x 4.4 diameter and a shell thickness of 202.5 mm).
Both the reactors were built from Cr-Mo-V metallurgy. Significantly, 99% of the materials used to build these reactors were locally sourced, marking yet another step towards the nation’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
On the same day, L&T’s Heat Transfer Equipment team flagged off two HDT feed effluent stack heat exchangers for NRL’s RPTU.
Located in Assam’s Golaghat district, the NRL refinery is being expanded to add six million tonnes a year (MMPTA) processing capacity. As part of its Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 to help meet the growing demand for petroleum products in the north-east, the Central government approved the expansion project in January 2019.
On 19 May, a senior delegate from Mexico’s ICA FLUOR flagged off five heavy reactors from L&T’s AM Naik Heavy Engineering Complex at Hazira for the Residuals Recovery Project of the Miguel Hidalgo Refinery in Tula, Mexico.
L&T Heavy Engineering had won orders for these hydro-processing reactors (Cr-Mo-V & Cr-Mo metallurgy) beating other global players in a stiff competition.
Aug 04
Swift Service
Swift Service
L&T's Construction & Mining Machinery’s new initiative boosts after-sales support
L&T's Construction & Mining Machinery business (CMB) has set a new benchmark. It recently implemented the Swift Service 360 (S360) – a field service management project for dealers – on  a  national  level.
Along with consultancy partner PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a 14-member core team of CMB worked tirelessly for several months on the project. The scope included digitalising service processes, deploying service engineers based on machine location and skill level, generating standardised service reports using mobile devices, and capturing machine problems at a single point.
Following successful configuration and testing, S360 Phase-1 is now ready for launch across dealerships in a phased manner.
CMB’s national network comprises 30 dealers, 115 touch-points and 27 territory offices of L&T’s Domestic Marketing Network, strategically located to reach most project sites within two hours. They cater to over 35,000 construction equipment deployed in the field.
The network includes 818 service engineers available at dealers’ locations and 138 L&T service engineers. These engineers are dedicated to delivering seamless sales and after-sales support with a shorter completion cycle empowered by many automated processes.
S360 automates ticket generation for scheduled machine maintenance, assigns service engineers based on skill levels, and sends advance intimation on required parts/ consumables to the machine owner. It generates tickets for machine commissioning once sold and tracks the completion time of after-sales and maintenance services.
S360 draws information on machine operations from Komtrax – Komatsu’s latest advanced and patented telematics – enabling automatic service requests in case of errors, largely eliminating the requirement of manually contacting the customer care.
The short-term benefits of S360 include manifold improved speed of response, proactive servicing, accurate and efficient data capture, minimised delay in failure reporting, improved parts forecast, machine performance and failure data history, energy-saving guidance, and a mechanism to measure and map service quality.
The long-term benefits include consistent service quality across products and geography, capturing service knowledge, establishing best service practices, and encouraging field engineers to perform better.
S360 affirms CMB’s commitment to excellence, safety, and customer satisfaction. It brings consistency and uniformity to the after-sales and support delivery experience, in line with L&T's motto: "In Service Lies Success".

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