Rolls-Royce and Larsen & Toubro collaborate on nuclear opportunities

Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering and construction company, and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation to effectively address the projected need for light water reactors (LWR) in India and internationally.  LWR technology is in use in over sixty per cent of civil nuclear power plants operating worldwide.

Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering and construction company, and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation to effectively address the projected need for light water reactors (LWR) in India and internationally.  LWR technology is in use in over sixty per cent of civil nuclear power plants operating worldwide.

 

The two companies have agreed to collaborate on areas including nuclear instrumentation and controls, engineered products and systems, reactor components, engineering services, in-service reactor support and waste management.

 

The cooperation with L&T for instrumentation and controls will form the first operational phase of this relationship to bridge the gap in the existing supply chain in support of India's ambitious new build program.

"India has developed an impressive nuclear capability over the last 34 years which rivals that of any country,” Lawrie Haynes, Rolls-Royce, president - nuclear, said. “India is a key strategic market for Rolls-Royce and I am very pleased that we are working with Larsen & Toubro, one of the country's most pre-eminent engineering companies.

 

"Our skills and capabilities are complementary and I am confident that we can forge a strong and mutually beneficial relationship."

 

The agreement between Rolls-Royce and L&T follows the recent bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Declaration by the Indian and UK Governments, which enables UK and Indian industries to engage in civil nuclear commerce. 

 

Progress continues on development of new UK nuclear power

The UK Government has made further progress towards facilitating new nuclear power in the UK. Draft legislation - providing for the creation of a new body to improve the regulation of civil nuclear energy – has been published.

 

Lord Hunt, Minister of State for Energy, welcomed the publication, which brings the Government a step closer to the proposed creation of an independent Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). He said:

“We’ve made a decision that nuclear power should be part of our future energy mix but issues around safety and security will be of paramount importance.

 

“That’s why we’re laying the groundwork for a new independent body that is focused on and dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of new nuclear in the UK.”

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