Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer, has reportedly commissioned a 800 Megawatt (MW) thermal power unit in a record time of 46 months for the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TSGenco). Post the commission, the thermal plant has now commenced operations.
Reliable sources state that this is a marked improvement in the time taken to commission 800 MW sets to date in the country by numerous developers. BHEL apparently has accomplished this project on an EPC basis, which includes the manufacture, engineering, design, civil works, supply, and erection and commissioning of generators, boilers, and steam turbines, besides instrumentation and controls, and BoP packages.
Apparently, the construction of the plant was undertaken by the company’s southern regional office, and the key equipment were manufactured at BHEL’s Bhopal, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Haridwar, Jhansi, Ranipet, Tiruchi and Thirumayam plants.
For the record, TSGenco has awarded 1×800 MW Kothagudem project, the 4×270 MW Bhadradari project, and the 5×800 MW Yadadri project to BHEL, the latter couple of which are under construction. Additionally, BHEL is executing the stream generator package of 2×800 MW Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) for NTPC Limited.
Incidentally, close to 88 percent of the coal-based power stations that are installed in the state is supplied by BHEL. Kothagudem and Ramagundam, that have been consistently winning awards from the Ministry of Power for their outstanding performance, are operated with BHEL-supplied sets. Seemingly, BHEL has so far contracted 50 sets of supercritical turbine generators and 57 sets of supercritical boilers from many customers in the domestic and overseas markets.
BHEL – Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, founded and owned by the Government of India, is a manufacturing and engineering firm in New Delhi, India. Established in 1964, BHEL is India’s largest manufacturer of power-generating equipment, with an installed base of over 1,83,000 Megawatt (MW) of equipment globally.