The inaugural function was attended by Union Minister of Heavy Industry & Public Enterprises Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister of Power Sushil Kumar Shinde and Minister of State for Power Bharatsinh Solanki. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, also attended the inaugural function.
Supercritical technology is globally recognized as one of the eco-friendly solutions to power generation. The technology ensures higher fuel efficiency and reduces carbon emissions as much as 5 percent. The L&T-MHI facilities are among the largest of their kind in the world, with a present annual capacity of manufacturing 5,000 MW of equipment, to be expanded to 6,000.
Chairman and Managing Director of L&T AM Naik said, "We are proud to be the first private sector company to set up such a facility in India. The L&T-MHI facilities are a step in that direction. It is a world class facility that will produce world class products."
President (Power) and Member of L&T Board Ravi Uppal said, “The commissioning of L&T-MHI joint venture has inaugurated the India's second local 'Power plant manufacturing' unit in the country, which enables the country to move towards self sufficiency."
President of MHI Hideaki Omiya commented, "MHI"s boilers and turbine generators are among the world"s best for supercritical ratings of 660 MW and above. Our partnership with L&T for this venture essentially is all about the coming together of two organizations that are world leaders in engineering excellence as well as committed to the cause of reducing the environmental burden."
L&T"s association with the construction of gas and coal based power plants in India and abroad spans six decades.