Rolls-Royce and Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) have inked a partnership to locally manufacture technologically-advanced MTU Series 8000 engines in India. The companies will assemble the 16-cylinder and 20-cylinder MTU Series 8000 engines at GSL’s new facility in Goa, India. The MTU brand is a worldwide leader in large diesel and gas engines and complete propulsion systems and part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
The agreement includes the transfer of MTU technology related to localising of engine components, engine assembly, testing, painting and major overhauls. MTU Series 8000 engines are the largest and most powerful MTU diesel engines with a power output of up to 10 MW. They have fitted onboard all Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) recently constructed or currently under construction in India.
Praveen Mohan, Director & CEO, MTU India, said: “The agreement with GSL to manufacture MTU’s most-advanced Series 8000 engines in India is a significant milestone and further reinforces our commitment to ‘Make in India.’ We have been working with the Indian defence sector for several decades and our well-proven MTU engines propel and power many vessels of both the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. We are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to help support the country’s vision of indigenisation and self-reliance.”
“This venture will be a game changer. Plans are in place to progressively increase the indigenous content and with a strong manufacturing base in India. We are confident of achieving significant indigenous content in these engines. Besides creating self-reliance for India, it will usher in new opportunities for the local industry for indigenisation,” said RAdm (Retd) Shekhar Mital, NM, Chairman & Managing Director of GSL.