BHEL bags renovation Hydropower orders worth INR 430 crore

BHEL, State-owned power equipment maker has won two renovation and modernisation (R&M) orders of hydropower plants worth INR. 430 crore, including one from NHPC.
The company said in a statement, “BHEL has secured R&M contracts of hydroelectric plants (HEPs). The company has won orders worth around INR 430 crore, for the R&M of the 6×60 MW Balimela HEP of Odisha Hydro Power Corp Ltd (OHPC) and the 3×60 MW Bairasiul HEP of National NHPC Ltd.”
The units at both Bairasiul and Balimela have been in operation for over 35 years, according to a statement, and an R&M of these units will result in restoration of improvement in efficiency, output capacity, and reduction in auxiliary power consumption, ultimately leading to better plant availability.
Scope of work of BHEL of the job orders includes designing, engineering, manufacturing, supply, dismantling, setting up, testing and commissioning of critical parts of turbines, generators, governors, controls and instrumentation, protection and balance of plant (BoP).
BHEL’s plants in Bhopal, Jhansi and Bengaluru will be the base of manufacturing and supply of major equipment for these contracts.
30-35 years has been considered as the normal life expectancy of an HEP.
Renovation and modernisation of existing HEPs are considered as the best option in the current scenario of resource constraints, as this requires much lesser time than setting up greenfield projects and is very much cost effective.
BHEL’s footprint in hydropower accounts for 6 GW of hydro sets under execution and 23 GW of hydro sets commissioned and in India and abroad.

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