Kirloskar Brothers, India's pump MNC, announced the manufacture of the largest horizontal split-case pump for the Indian market. The order was received from Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) for the 700 MW power station of Gujarat Pipavav Power Company (GPPC), a subsidiary of the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC). The pump has been successfully tested at Kirloskarvadi in the presence of the BHEL team. As is usually the case, KBL has already supplied pumps of the same size in the export markets which are in operation in Portugal and Sudan. The pump is indeed a monster, weighing about 26 tonne and is more than 4 m in height. The pump, model UPH 1200 / 160 M develops a flow of 7,000 litre per second at a head of 27.5 m and will be coupled to an electric motor of 2700 KW running at 425 RPM. The pump is designed for handling seawater and complies to all specified critical requirements of the system. Speaking on the occasion Ravindra Pande, Vice President and Sector Head, KBL, said, "Technological innovation has always been the key driving force for KBL. I am confident that this will strengthen KBL's leadership position and set a new bench mark for the pump industry."