Nov 16
Elevating Alumina
Elevating Alumina
IN September, Larsen & Toubro’s Metallurgical & Material Handling (MMH) vertical commissioned a 0.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) expansion project of Utkal Alumina International (UAIL), in Odisha’s Rayagada district.
UAIL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hindalco, the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. The refinery is located at a remote place named Kucheipadar near Tikiri in Rayagada. With this expansion, the refinery’s alumina production capacity has got upgraded from 1.5 MTPA to 2 MTPA.
Odisha Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the expansion project. In the past, MMH executed several alumina refinery projects in the domestic and the international markets. With its uniqueness in terms of complexity and environment friendliness, the new facility paves the way for executing similar projects in the future.
MMH executed the project in a time-bound manner ensuring that the most critical process units of the refinery are ready. It employed modular erection methods with sophisticated machinery for speedier project execution. The team overcame many difficulties, including limited material availability, inadequate local skilled workmen, hilly terrain and heavy rainfall with a prolonged monsoon. Moreover, the challenging work was completed during the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, with 2,000 workmen working at the site with all due precautions and safety measures.


L&T’s Kancheepuram Works recently earned the ISO 3834-2-2005 certification for its Welding Quality Management System. In specific, this was for fusion welding of metallic materials in line with international standards.
The audit process leading to this certification was led by Mr R Kumar (Head – QA/QC, L&T Kancheepuram Works). Mr Anupam Kumar (EVP & Head – MMH), along with Mr Raju Rai (Head – Product BU), Mr Ranjit Ghosh (Head – EDRC) and Mr P Dinesh Kumar (Head – Engineering Workshop) commended all the process team member who made the certification possible.
On this occasion, Mr Prakash, qualified as a certified international welding engineer by the International Institute of Welding, was felicitated. This certificate will open new avenues, including international opportunities, for MMH.
Nov 16
Miles, Mines & Milestones
Miles, Mines & Milestones
L&T’s compactor business received a boost with the roll-out of the 500th L&T 491 Mini Compactor from L&T Construction Equipment Limited’s (LTCEL) campus at Doddaballapura near Bengaluru. 
The milestone machine was handed over to Mr T S Amarnath of Mahima Infrastructures by Mr Arvind K Garg, EVP of L&T’s Construction & Mining Machinery business (CMB). Present on the occasion were Mr Vivek Hajela (VP – CMB), Mr H Shridhara Hande (CE – LTCEL) and Mr Jaikumar Kamath (Head – Road Machinery Business, CMB).
Based in Bengaluru, Mahima Infrastructures executes roads and civil works for the realty segment. It also caters to the Bengaluru Smart City Ltd and the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited. A large fleet owner, Mahima possesses 10 L&T compactors. Its new acquisition, the 3400-kg mini compactor has 1.2 m drum width, and can be deployed for apartment basements, township roads, parking lots, footpaths, compaction around pillars for elevated metro rail, national highway shoulder compaction and various jobs in Smart City projects.
L&T’s compactors are widely used in the road segment and have been deployed for the construction of roads and toll-ways. The other compactors L&T offers are – L&T 1190 Soil Compactor, the L&T 990 Tandem Compactor and the L&T 2490 Pneumatic Tyred Roller.
Then, setting a record of sorts, L&T recently delivered the 100th Komatsu mining machine to the public sector entity South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). The keys of the machine – a WA800-3EO Wheel Loader – were formally handed over to SECL’s GM – Excavation Mr B K Kurrey by L&T’s Mr Sumit Dutta and Mr Kiran Tilaganji.
SECL is the largest subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) and has reserves spread across Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. It operates as many as 67 coal mines. The Komatsu machines are used in SECL’s Gevra, Dipka and Kusmunda mines, and are supported by L&T’s Nagpur service centre.
It’s been for decades now that the coal industry has depended on Komatsu’s machines for their quality, reliability and durability. L&T has been closely associated with all the subsidiaries of CIL, delivering and commissioning Komatsu machines at various projects, despite the COVID constraints.

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