Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won an INR44bn ($677m) EPC order for setting up a 1x660MW supercritical thermal power plant in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The order has been placed on BHEL by the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL).
The project will be located at Panki in Kanpur district.
Key equipment for the project will be manufactured at BHEL’s plants in Trichy, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Ranipet, Bhopal, Bengaluru and Jhansi plants.
BHEL’s power sector – northern region division will take up construction and installation activities at the site.
The plant will be equipped with emission control equipment to meet the revised emission norms.
BHEL has been a major partner in the power development programme of UP, where more than 70% of the power generating capacity, aggregating to over 17,800MW, has been installed by BHEL.
BHEL is the leading power equipment manufacturer with 57 sets of supercritical boilers and 50 sets of supercritical turbine generators ordered on it so far, by various customers in the domestic as well as overseas markets.
Earlier in March 2018, BHEL had won an EPC order from Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited (GIPCL) for setting up a 75MW solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant in the state of Gujarat.
This is said to be the largest solar PV project taken up by BHEL so far.
The SPV power plant will be established at Gujarat Solar Park, Charanka.
With the Gujarat Solar Park order, BHEL’s solar portfolio has risen to 545 MW. The company is currently executing more than 150MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar PV projects across India.
The company offers EPC solutions for off-grid and grid-interactive SPV power plants and has established solar plants in various locations in India, including the Lakshadweep Islands for island electrification.
BHEL has increased its manufacturing lines of solar cells to 105MW and solar modules to 226MW per annum.
It manufactures space-grade solar panels using high-efficiency cells. Space-grade battery panels are being manufactured at its Electronic Systems Division in Bengaluru, Karnataka.