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L&T Dispatches World’s Heaviest Ethylene Oxide Reactors for BASF’s China Project

The Heavy Engineering vertical of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has dispatched two colossal Ethylene Oxide (EO) Reactors for BASF’s project in China. These reactors, each weighing 1,136 MT, are the heaviest EO reactors ever built and were shipped from L&T’s A M Naik Heavy Engineering Complex in Hazira, Gujarat.

Manufactured using advanced engineering, Industry 4.0 technology, and world-class quality processes, these reactors are based on BASF’s technology. The EO reactors are essential in petrochemical plants, facilitating the catalytic conversion of ethylene into ethylene oxide, a key intermediate in producing various downstream chemicals.

Anil V Parab, Whole-time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President – L&T Heavy Engineering & L&T Valves, expressed pride in the achievement, stating, “I thank BASF for giving L&T the opportunity to supply the most critical reactors for its prestigious project. Dispatching the reactors is indeed a matter of great pride for us. We at L&T are always committed to delivering reliable performance and unique customer experience to all our clients. We continue our benchmarked delivery performance despite global supply chain uncertainties.”

Joachim Thiel, Senior Vice President & Senior Project Management New Verbund, BASF China, commented, “This equipment, weighing 1,136 MT each, are the biggest EO Reactors ever built in almost 160 years of BASF history. These are critical supplies to the petrochemical project at Verbund in Zhanjiang to support the growth of the chemical market in China. Considering the complexity of this equipment, I want to express my deepest appreciation to all the dedicated colleagues from L&T and BASF who have contributed to this project. I am convinced that BASF made the absolute right decision to award these EO Reactors to L&T. This is definitely going to be a lighthouse for future collaborations between our companies.”

Dr. Joachim Queisser, Senior Vice President, Global Technology, Safety & Quality, Petrochemicals, BASF, added, “The flag-off marks another important step in the continued strong collaboration between BASF and L&T. The L&T team has once again demonstrated remarkable capability, craftsmanship, and competence in manufacturing these multi-tube reactors. I am very impressed by the work done at L&T. The ‘one team’ mindset demonstrated by L&T has been a cornerstone in the successful execution of this project. L&T has been and will continue to be a valuable partner in our journey to further develop our global footprint.”

Securing such a significant project, especially against China’s high-end manufacturing prowess, is a moment of pride for all Indians and exemplifies the “Make in India” initiative for the world.

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