Larsen & Toubro's Oman JV is ready to open
Zubair Corporation is local partner for high tech manufacturing site
India-based Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering (L&T), is gearing up to inaugurate a high tech manufacturing facility in Sohar, Oman. The new unit in the SIPC area, Sohar will augment the existing modular fabrication facility, making it one of the largest integrated manufacturing complexes in the Middle East catering to the hydrocarbon and power sectors.
Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering is a joint venture of The Zubair Corporation and Larsen & Toubro, India. With this JV, L&T now operates four companies in the Sultanate, expanding it’s operations to cover sectors including construction, erection of transmission towers, modular fabrication and manufacture of critical equipment for process plants.
A joint statement from L&T and Zubair says the Sohar facility is a pioneering venture in the GCC region and L&T’s maiden venture in critical fabrication projects outside India. The facility has been constructed by L&T Oman LLC, the first JV between L&T and Zubair.
"A succession of spectacular load outs in 2009, along with total revamp of Hurricane (RITA) damaged jack up rig FD-VII has affirmed its capabilities as a world class venture with a potential to launch the Sultanate as a major player in offshore fabrication industry," said the official statement.
The yard is now fully geared up for fabrication and load out of a 8 legged jacket weighing a colossal 10,000 metric tonnes. The jacket will be rolled on to a custom built barge for onward transportation to Mumbai High North offshore field of Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).
The facility is spread over 300,000 sq metres and has a built-up area of 12,000 sq metres with an additional 100,000 square metres available for future expansion.