Larsen & Toubro Heavy Engineering (L&T HE) has dispatched a landmark Omani shipment of highly specialised pressure vessels for a large solar power plant project in South Africa.

The six sets of steam accumulators involved, each weighing 260 tonnes and manufactured with a critical grade of quenched and tempered steel more usually associated with the manufacturing of equipment for Nuclear Power Plants.

The vessels are the first instalment in a larger order, won by L&T HE against stiff global competition from South Korean and European fabricators, for the manufacture of a total of 19 sets or 4,940 tonnes of equipment over an 11-month period.

To complete the components, the firm introduced various innovative techniques in the field of manufacturing, welding, inspection, logistics and planning, all of which has brought enriching experience and exposure to a ‘young and talented’ team of Omanis.

This local insight garnered from the project further extended into roles in the supply chain and logistics, for which L&T HE partnered with a local firm to deliver to the Port of Sohar.

According to a statement, L&T HE is committed to aggressively promoting the ‘Made in Oman’ brand in the global arena, and its Heavy Equipment facility is the only one in the region approved by Chevron for the manufacture of critical reactors for refineries.

The pioneering venture is equipped to manufacture equipment for refineries, petrochemical facilities, fertiliser projects and other process industries, and earlier this year also delivered a Wet Gas Scrubber to the Sohar Refinery.

L&T HE is a 2008-established joint venture between the Zubair Corporation of Oman and Larsen & Toubro – a $14bn engineering and construction conglomerate based in India.