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BHEL-Alstom consortium bags order for 700 MWe Nuclear Sets from NPCIL Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Thursday, 21 April 2011
New Delhi: The BHEL-Alstom consortium has received an order from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), valued at over Rs.16,000 Million, for Steam Turbine Generators (new rating 700 MWe Nuclear Sets), based on Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors. In value terms, BHEL's share in the contract is around Rs.8,800 Million.

The BHEL-Alstom consortium will supply the turbine generator packages for the two new 700 MWe units at the 2x700 MWe Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station (Units 3&4), located near Surat in Gujarat.

BHEL and Alstom will together manufacture and supply the Steam Turbines while the manufacture and supply of the complete Generator, Moisture Separater Reheater (MSR) and Condenser including complete erection and commissioning of the Turbine Generator package shall be undertaken by BHEL.

NPCIL has also awarded a contract, valued at Rs.400 Million, for supply and installation of Controls and Instrumentation for the Turbine Island Secondary Cycle system for the same project to BHEL.


Equipment designed, manufactured and commissioned by BHEL accounts for around 69% of NPCIL’s installed capacity of 4,780 MW in the country. The company has so far supplied power generating equipment of various ratings corresponding to 3,280 MW for various nuclear power plants. NPCIL, as a utility, and BHEL, as an EPC contractor, have worked together on several NPCIL projects.

BHEL is also presently executing several contracts for NPCIL including supply of 8 nos. Steam Generator Packages for one reactor each at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata in Rajastan for 700 MWe Plants. Further, BHEL is executing a prestigious contract for the supply, erection and commissioning of the complete conventional island for the first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) of 500 MW rating, being set up by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.

BHEL has been a major partner in NPCIL’s vision to achieve self-reliance in nuclear energy. Its association with NPCIL began in 1970 with the development of technology and manufacture of prototype channel covers and heavy water headers. Over the years, BHEL has supplied various types of critical equipment on the primary side for several nuclear power projects in India. The development of indigenous vendors has ensured long term support to Nuclear power stations in case of problems and to facilitate easy availability of spares for the life of the plants.

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. At present, India has 20 nuclear power plants in operation, generating 4,780 MW, with three reactors under construction, expected to generate an additional 2,500 MW. India plans to increase its nuclear capacity to 20 GW by 2020.

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