BHEL Can Meet Requirement for Supply of Reactors : Praful Patel
Written by Anand   
Friday, 12 August 2011
New Delhi: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel said that Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) can meet the requirement of the country of reactors for the atomic power projects being developed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) with indigenous reactor technology.

BHEL has manufactured and supplied certain Nuclear Reactor components like Steam Generators, Reactor Headers, end shields to NPCIL for their 220 MWe and 540 MWe reactors based on Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) Technology.

BHEL can consider supplying reactors for Atomic Power projects based on indigenous reactor technology if NPCIL gives complete technical know-how since the indigenous reactor technology is developed by NPCIL.

NPCIL has developed designs for indigenous reactors for their 220 MWe, 540 MWe and 700 MWe ratings Nuclear Power Pants based on Pressurized Heavy water Reactor (PHWR) technology. As per NPCIL Programme, around 20 Units of 700 MWe have been planned, out of which 4 units are under construction. BHEL is supplying Steam Generators for 2 units and Reactor Header assembly for 4 units.

BHEL is currently augmenting its manufacturing facilities from 15,000 MW p.a. to 20,000 MW p.a. As a part of this initiatives, Trichy unit of BHEL has established its manufacturing capability for supply of Reactor side equipment like Steam Generator and Pressure Vessels.

BHEL’s contribution to country’s Nuclear Power capacity is around 67%. BHEL has supplied 10 Nos. Steam Generators and 12 Nos. Steam Turbine Generator sets along with associated auxiliaries. Further, 7 Units totaling to 5300 MWe Nuclear Power Projects are under construction wherein BHEL is supplying Steam Generators for 1400 MWe (2 sets of 700 MWe), and Steam Turbine Generator sets for 1900 MWe (2 units of 700 MWe and 1 unit of 500 MWe). It is also undertaking erection and commissioning of conventional Island for all the 5 Units including 1000 MWe sets being supplied by Russians under bilateral agreement with Russia.

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