MUMBAI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today inaugurated the newly-built Submarine Assembly Workshop of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. With the commissioning of the state-of-the-art workshop, MDL has acquired the unique capability of a second construction and assembly line for submarines in India.
Built at a cost of about Rs. 153 crore (US$23 million), it would be possible to assemble and outfit five submarines in the workshop concurrently, MDL said in an emailed statement.
The Submarine Assembly Workshop, in addition to the various infrastructure facilities created under the Mazdock Modernisation Project, will gear up MDL in meeting the long-term needs of submarine construction for the Navy.
MDL already build the six Scorpene submarines that are on order for a decade now. The first of the six Scorpene submarines, built under Project 75 and with help from French DCNS, is slated for commissioning later this year.
Parrikar had, late last year, suggested that the Navy could place orders for at least three more conventional submarines with state-owned MDL. He had also said that India would look at having only one more submarine-builder, in the private sector. That would mean that the Indian competition for building the second series of six conventional submarines under Project 75I.
The new workshop is one of its kind in the country incorporating green building features such as rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plant, grey water treatment plant, oily water separator plant for treatment of sewage, grey water and oily water respectively, with zero discharge into the municipal drains.
The workshop of size 220M x 45M x 39M is a pre-engineered building structure with a total of seven EOT/Semi-Goliath cranes at different levels to handle construction of multiple submarines. The facility also has an Office Complex adjoining the workshop with a unique architectural design.