Bhel bags TN power project worth Rs5,600 cr

State-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) has bagged an order worth Rs5,600 crore for a 1,600 MW power plant from the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

The company has bagged this major order for the coal-based power project with supercritical parameters, involving two units of India's highest rating 800 MW sets, Bhel said in a press release.

"Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa handed over the Letter of Award (LoA) for setting up of the main plant package for the 2x800 MW Uppur Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) to Bhel chairman and managing director Atul Sobti in Chennai," said the release.

That was followed by the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project. The project is slated to be commissioned by September 2019 and the power generated from this project will help foster growth in Tamil Nadu and provide easy access to electricity to the people of the state.

Valued at around Rs5,600 crore, the order for the main plant package for the greenfield 2x800 MW Uppur Supercritical Thermal Power Project, located in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, has been placed on Bhel by TANGEDCO.

This is the second 800 MW rating supercritical order awarded to Bhel by TANGEDCO in less than a month, reinforcing Bhel's position at the forefront of the power equipment industry in India. Last month, the Main Plant Package contract for the 1x800 MW North Chennai Supercritical TPP Stage III in Tamil Nadu, was also placed on Bhel by TANGEDCO.

Bhel has a significant share of 83 per cent in TANGEDCO's cumulative coal-based generating capacity, including two 600 MW sets commissioned in 2013 at North Chennai TPP, comprising in-house designed steam turbines, the first of their kind for both Bhel and the state of Tamil Nadu.

Bhel's scope of work in the current contract involves design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning & civil works for the Main Plant Package. The key equipment for the contract will be manufactured at Bhel's Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bangalore plants while the company's Power Sector - Southern Region shall be responsible for civil works and erection/ commissioning of the equipment.