Feb 12
Oiling the Atmanirbhar Wheel
Oiling the Atmanirbhar Wheel
L&T HAS been playing a key role in the hydrocarbon sector by executing projects as well as designing and fabricating sophisticated equipment.
In February 2019, L&T’s Heavy Engineering (HE) vertical received a contract for the design and manufacture of an ethylene oxide (EO) reactor from its sister concern L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering (LTHE). The EO reactor is meant for Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOCL) Ethylene Glycol project at the Paradip Refinery in Odisha and IOCL had awarded LTHE the EPC contract for this. The equipment is gigantic – 25.72m L x 12.30m W x 10.79m H – and weighs 1157 MT. Highly complex, it contains over 22,000 tubes.
The EO reactor was despatched to Paradip on 4 January from L&T’s fully integrated Hazira Manufacturing Complex, the largest workshop at a single location geared for mega sized equipment and packages. It was flagged off by Union minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas & Steel, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan and IOCL chairman Mr S M Vaidya in the presence of L&T CEO & MD Mr S N Subrahmanyan, Whole-Time Director and Sr EVP - Energy Mr Subramanian Sarma, EVP & Head – Heavy Engineering Mr Anil Parab, and Advisor to CEO & MD Mr Y S Trivedi.
This is yet another example of L&T’s contribution to the Prime Minister’s push for Atmanirbhar Bharat, boosting India’s self-reliance and facilitating a robust development.
IOCL’s Ethylene Glycol Project at Paradip, which includes a 180 KTA Ethylene Recovery Unit and a 357 KTA Ethylene Glycol unit, is expected to produce 332 KTA MEG, one of the raw materials used to produce Polyethylene Terephthalate, Polyester Staple Fibre, Polyester Filament Yarn and allied products. The project is likely to be commissioned later this year.


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