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BHEL's High Pressure Boiler Plant awarded N and NPT Certificates Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar   
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Tiruchirappalli: The High Pressure Boiler Plant of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchirappalli has secured the 'N' and 'NPT' Certificates from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the Design and Manufacture of Nuclear Steam Generators and Components for Power Generation as per the stringent ASME Section III Code.

Now BHEL is authorized to use 'N' and 'NPT' stamps for Construction of Vessels, Piping Systems, Storage Tanks and Shop Assembly with or without design responsibility for the Nuclear Components manufactured by them as per ASME Sec III.

Through the Certification BHEL is also recognized as a Materials Organisation Supplying Ferrous & Nonferrous Material by ASME for supply to Nuclear Applications.

BHEL has been associated with design and manufacture of critical Nuclear components for the last 4 decades and has been a major partner in NPCIL's vision to achieve the self reliance in Nuclear Energy and it's capacity addition programmes.

The certificates have been awarded after in-house efforts of BHEL for nearly a year and rigorous audits by ASME auditors of the quality systems of BHEL to meet the stringent requirements of the nuclear components. The certificates are valid for three years from January 31, 2011.

BHEL is already designing steam generators to meet the requirements of various codes like the Indian Boiler Regulations, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and for valves, API Monograms and CE Marking etc. The Company is sustaining ASME certifications of 'S', U, 'U2'and National Boiler Board 'R' Stamps for several years now for its Fossil Boiler segment.

This new authorization assumes importance for BHEL, since the country is planning to scale up its nuclear capacity addition to 20 GWe by 2020 and 63 GWe by 2032. The nuclear capacity target is a part of national energy policy.

Presently India has 20 nuclear power reactors in operation generating 4780 MW while 4 others are under advance stage of construction and are expected to generate an additional 2500 MW of energy. Work at site has also started for 4 units of 700 MWe based on indigenous PHWR technology and are likely to be operational during 12th Plan.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a professional body and an engineering society focused on mechanical engineering. ASME is one of the oldest standards-developing organizations in the world. It produces approximately 600 codes and standards, covering many technical areas, such as boiler components, elevators, and measurement of fluid flow in closed conduits, cranes, hand tools, fasteners, and machine tools.

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