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GE Hitachi to develop nuclear power plants in India with Larsen & Toubro

19 May 2009 – GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed an agreement with Larsen & Toubro, for the construction and engineering management resources that will be needed to build Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) in India.

GEH will serve as the technology provider of certain ABWR nuclear island equipment and components, as well as related engineering and technical advisory services.

“The agreement with L&T is an important step in gearing up to meet the country’s power needs through nuclear energy,” GE Energy (India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh) CEO Kishore Jayaraman said. GEH is in discussions with NPCIL for selecting the site to set up the potential multi-unit ABWR plant.

In March 2009, GEH announced an ABWR development agreement with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), India’s only nuclear utility, operating 17 reactors. GEH is building its local supply chain in India and is exploring new business opportunities for civilian nuclear power in India that also include plant services and providing fuel for existing and new nuclear power plants.

Under their new agreement, GEH and L&T will plan for the construction and engineering management resources that will be needed to build the proposed ABWR power station. GEH will serve as the technology provider of certain ABWR nuclear island equipment and components, as well as related engineering and technical advisory services.

GEH also intends to apply the latest ABWR modular construction techniques. L&T will collaborate with GEH to engineer, manufacture, construct and provide certain construction management services.