Of the 17 nuclear power generating units in the country, BHEL’s contribution is 3,280 mw, 80% of India’s installed nuclear capacity of 4,120 mw. India’s State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has recently announced that it bagged a contract for 500 mw nuclear power plant at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, being set up by Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (BNVL).
“Under international competitive bidding, we have bagged a contract for the turbine generator and secondary side equipment for the first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 mw rating,” BHEL said in a statement.
The unit is scheduled for commissioning during the 11th Five-Year Plan.
In the 1,080 mw nuclear power plant at Tarapur in Maharashtra, which was dedicated to the nation in August by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BHEL had supplied the equipment and commissioned the project.
BHEL played a major role in this project belonging to the Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor family by commissioning these units that are the single largest rating power generating units of any type like thermal, hydro, nuclear or gas, operating in the country.
With this, of the 17 nuclear power generating units operating at six locations in the country, BHEL’s contribution is 3,280 mw, which is 80 percent of India’s installed nuclear capacity of 4,120 mw.
BHEL has been a major partner in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd’s (NPCIL) vision to achieve self-reliance in nuclear energy. Its association with NPCIL began in 1970 with the development of technology and manufacture of prototype channel covers and heavy water headers, the company said.
BHEL is also gearing up for manufacturing equipment for higher capacity nuclear sets of 700 mw and above ratings in view of the substantial nuclear capacity expansion envisaged in the country based on such sets.
Bina Power Project
In another development, BHEL recently bagged a Rs1,175-crore order from Jaypee Group’s Bina Power Company Ltd for installing two units of 250 MW each for the project, being set up at Bina in Madhya Pradesh.
“BHEL has bagged an order worth Rs1,175 crore for setting up a 500 MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh,” a company statement said.
The order has been placed by Jaypee Group company Bina Power Company Ltd. Bhel would install two units of 250 MW each for the project which is slated for synchronization during the 11th-Plan Period (2007-12).
The company plans to invest Rs 4,200 crore to enhance its capacity from 10,000 mw 15,000 mw in two years. BHEL’s scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of boilers, turbines and associated auxiliaries.
BHEL also plans to invest about Rs10,000 crore for new ventures in the coming years. For achieving this target, its production units at Tiruchirappaly, Bhopal, Haridwar, Jhansi and Hyderabad are in the process of modernisation and expansion.