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New Delhi, April 19, 2011
The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had achieved a major breakthrough in the nuclear power segment with its first ever order for steam turbine generators for new rating 700 MWe nuclear sets, based on pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs).
Significantly, these will be the highest rating indigenously-developed nuclear sets in the country, a press release from BHEL said.
Valued at over Rs.1600 crore, the contract has been placed on the BHEL-Alstom consortium by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for its 2x700 MWe Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station (Units 3&4), located near Surat in Gujarat.
In value terms, BHEL’s share in the contract is around Rs.880 crore, the release said.
The consortium will supply the turbine generator packages for the two new 700 MWe units at the power station.
BHEL and Alstom shall 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.
In addition, NPCIL has also awarded a contract, valued at Rs.40 crore, for supply and installation of controls and instrumentation for the Turbine Island Secondary Cycle system for the same project to BHEL.
According to the release, the project will contribute to India’s plans to increase its nuclear capacity to 20 GW by 2020.
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.
BHEL designed, manufactured and commissioned equipment accounts for around 69% of NPCIL’s installed capacity of 4,780 MW in the country.
The company has so far supplied state-of-the-art 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, the release said
BHEL is also presently executing several contracts for NPCIL including supply of 8 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, the release added.