BHEL-Alstom consortium wins Rs1,600-crore N-power order

A consortium of state-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) and France's Alstom has won a Rs1,600-crore ($360 million) order for supply of steam turbine generators for the Kakrapur nuclear power station in Gujarat.

BHEL, which has a Rs880-crore share in the contract, has secured an additional Rs40-crore order for supply of instrumentation for the 2x700 MWe nuclear power project being set up by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, the company said in a statement.

"BHEL has achieved a major breakthrough in nuclear segment with the first ever order for steam turbine generators for new rating 700 MWe nuclear sets pressurised heavy water reactors," the company said in a statement.

The BHEL-Alstom consortium will supply the turbine generator packages for the two new 700 MW units of the nuclear power station.

"The project will contribute to India's plans to increase its nuclear capacity to 20 GW by 2020. With an existing installed capacity of 4,780 MW, nuclear power is currently the fourth largest source of electricity in India after thermal, hydro and renewable energy," the company said.

India currently operates 20 nuclear power plants and nearly 70 per cent of NPCIL's installed capacity of 4,780 MW in the country comes from equipment manufactured and commissioned by BHEL.