L&T to develop Sohar yard into a regional hub


A view of Sohar port yard. Photo provided

Muscat: Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the $14 billion technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing giant, is rapidly progressing on its targeted objective to develop its Oman facilities as a regional manufacturing hub to cater to the growing needs of the countries in the Gulf and beyond.

L&T's facilities at Sohar are already the company's largest manufacturing footprint outside India — far larger than its plants in China, South East Asia and Europe  and are actively contributing to the economic growth of countries in the region, said a company release.

The company's twin facilities in Sohar consist of a large modular fabrication yard — the only such large facility in Oman and among few facilities in the region capable of loading out large structures weighing as much as 20,000 tonnes. Adjoining the yard is a heavy engineering manufacturing facility that makes complex process plant equipment for the refining, petrochemical, fertiliser and power sectors.

Fabrication yard
Currently, the modular fabrication yard is executing a number of platform projects for the Abu Dhabi based offshore oil and gas producer — Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO). These platforms will be installed in the Nasr and Umm Lulu 'new field' projects of Abu Dhabi. Scheduled to be loaded-out early in 2014, the successful execution of the ADMA-OPCO project represents a major milestone for L&T's yard and affirms the expanding technological capabilities of Oman. 

Commencing production in 2007, the facilities already have a record of impressive technological accomplishments  —  a large of number of well-head platforms, offshore jack-up rigs, and multiple reactors with complex metallurgy. But perhaps of even greater significance are the positive social changes and economic impact that the L&T Sohar complex has brought about. 

In 2010, when the fabrication yard was formally dedicated to the nation, L&T group executive chairman, A. M. Naik had said that the L&T modular fabrication facility shares the values of its parent companies. This includes aligning the company's goals with the vision of the region in which its facilities are located. The focus at all times is on sustainable growth in harmony with the environment and the community. 

Omanisation fits in well with the company's higher objective of participative growth. 

The emphasis is not just on business growth, but on qualitative improvement of skills of Omani team members through training and raising local competency levels to world standards.

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