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Rolls-Royce, Kirloskar Join Hands To Build Nuke Units

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Power systems provider Rolls-Royce has joined hands with Kirloskar Oil Engines for cooperation in building and commissioning of emergency gensets for nuclear power plants in the country.
"Rolls-Royce and engine and genset manufacturer Kirloskar Oil Engines (KOEL) have signed a declaration of intent for exclusive cooperation on the building and commissioning of emergency gensets for nuclear power plants in India," a release said.
Under the arrangement, Rolls-Royce will supply MTU engines and key components, and take responsibility for basic engineering and genset configuration, while KOEL, as a main contractor to Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), will integrate the systems and assemble and test the gensets on site in the country.
"Working together with KOEL, we see good chances of gaining entry into the emergency genset market for nuclear power stations in India," Rolls-Royce Power Systems Chief Sales Officer Michael Haidinger said.
India is putting its focus on nuclear power to help meet its long-term energy requirements. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already declared that nuclear power will form a mainstay of the country's power supply, he said.
Commenting on the cooperation, KOEL Executive Director Rajendra Deshpande said, "This will enable us to pool our own experience and expertise as a local supplier with the technological leadership of MTU in the area of nuclear emergency gensets." 
KOEL has already delivered 20 emergency gensets to nuclear plants in India and is the only domestic company supplying high capacity gensets to NPCIL.