General Electric (GE) has teamed up with India’s L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited to manufacture subsea manifolds destined for future deepwater projects in the Krishna-Godavari basin on the east coast of India.
The partnership brings together the manufacturing and technological excellence of two leading companies in the oil and gas space, and also marks India’s entrance into local subsea equipment manufacturing, GE said on Wednesday.
GE said that L&T’s modular fabrication facility in Tamil Nadu was chosen as the production site after a rigorous qualification process. The plant, spread over an area of 600,000 square meters and with an annual capacity of 50,000 MT, is equipped with advanced welding and fabrication capabilities along with a 150m jetty. These characteristics, GE says, make the facility an ideal location to manufacture advanced hardware for the seabed.
Ashish Bhandari, CEO, GE Oil & Gas, South Asia said, “GE continues to grow its widespread manufacturing footprint in India and this latest collaboration will continue our contributions towards Make in India. Our strategic partnership with L&T has opened new avenues for us to manufacture highly advanced equipment to serve the needs of India’s oil and gas sector as well as the broader, global industry.”
Subramanian Sarma, CEO and MD, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, said: “Associating with GE will help L&T to broaden its offering in the deepwater space and provide a compelling value proposition to our customers. Projects of such strategic importance and magnitude bring huge responsibility and we are poised to make significant contributions to India’s growth curve going ahead.”