BHEL, Trichy investing Rs. 600 Crore for Expansion of manufacturing capacity
Written by Anand   
Friday, 12 August 2011
New Delhi: The Trichy Unit of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is presently augmenting its manufacturing capacity of steam generator and valve facilities as a part of the Company’s programme of expanding power plant equipment manufacturing capacity to 20,000 MW per annum.

In addition, it is also setting up a Power Plant Piping Unit at Tirumayam, in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu. Both these are planned for completion by March 2012 with an investment of around Rs.600 crore.

The BHEL Trichy Unit is exploring multi-modal transport options, including marine shipping by way of utilizing the Karaikal port in Tamil Nadu, to address transportation issues associated with the movement of heavy/over dimension consignments (ODCs) through rail & road, as well as reduce the delivery time of boilers from its factory to customer project sites spread across the country.

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel said that Power plants set up with Chinese equipment have not shown better performance than those using equipments supplied by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

In fact, Chinese supplied equipment have inferior heat rates (efficiencies) and the auxiliaries consume more power than that of BHEL. Secondary fuel oil consumption is also more. The time taken from synchronization to Commercial operation is much more than BHEL equipment. Average Plant Load Factor (PLF) for the last three years of Chinese make units is as low as 68% as compared to BHEL’s 79%. Operational Availability of Chinese make units has also been low as compared to BHEL make units. These facts have been substantiated in the report of visit of CEA/ NTPC team to China in March 2009, independent reports by JM Financials and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets as well as records available with CEA.

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