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BHEL's thermal power generating sets achieve record generation in FY 2008-09 Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Friday, 17 April 2009
Power generation in the country received a boost with BHEL-built thermal sets generating over 4 per cent more power in fiscal 2008-09, compared to the previous fiscal. During the year, these sets registered a record generation of 403.43 Billion Units of electricity against 387.71 Billion Units in the year before. Significantly, this constituted 79 per cent of the total power generated in the country from coal-based thermal sets.

Consistently exceeding the national average efficiency parameters, in 2008 09 also, BHEL-manufactured thermal sets achieved the highest ever Operating Availability (OA) of 88.2 per cent, while the Plant Load Factor (PLF) at 80.1 per cent was 3.1 per cent higher than the national average.

BHEL-make 200-500 MW thermal sets, which form the backbone of the country's thermal generating capacity, operated at an all-time high OA of 91 per cent and an impressive PLF of 84.3 per cent. Notably, 77 BHEL make thermal sets of various ratings operated at a PLF of over 90 per cent and 141 sets achieved an OA of more than 90 per cent.

Significantly, all the 6 thermal power stations in the country awarded with the Government of India's Meritorious Productivity Awards for excellent performance are equipped with generating equipment manufactured by BHEL, reaffirming the reliability and quality of BHEL equipment.

Instituted by the Ministry of Power, the awards have been given for the year 2007-08 to power stations for meritorious and efficient performance based on operating availability and savings on account of reduced inputs. This has been achieved by ensuring availability of equipment by predictive and planned maintenance, timely availability of spares, requisite guidance from the equipment manufacturer for technological upgradation and necessary training to the O&M staff.

During fiscal 2008-09, the installed capacity of BHEL supplied Utility sets went up to 87,646 MW and the company maintained its share of 64 per cent in the country's total installed capacity of 1,38,175 MW.

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