Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd commissioned nine hydro sets totalling 641 MW in 2013-14. During the current fiscal, so far, BHEL is progressing on a promising note with the commissioning of a 130-MW set at Parbati, Madhya Pradesh, in May 2014, and a 68-MW unit at Rampur, Himachal Pradesh, in June, 2014, followed by another 68-MW unit at Rampur HEP as recently as August 1.
BHEL is currently executing hydropower projects of around 5,000 MW which are under various stages of implementation.
Significantly, BHEL has so far contracted more than 500 hydro generating sets of various ratings in India and abroad. These contracts have a cumulative capacity of over 26,000 MW, out of which equipment for about 5,000 MW generating capacity has been contracted outside India.
In 2013-14, BHEL secured orders for the 206-MW Shahpur Kandi HEP in Punjab and 120-MW Vyasi HEP in Uttarakhand.
On August 1, BHEL commissioned a hydro generating unit of 68 MW at Rampur hydropower project in Himachal Pradesh. With this, the public sector company has commissioned five units of the 412-MW hydropower plant of SJVN Ltd. The earlier four units at Rampur HEP were commissioned between March 2014 and June 2014. All the four units have since been put into commercial operation. The sixth and last unit is in an advanced stage of execution and is likely to be commissioned by BHEL shortly.
Rampur HEP powerhouse is located on Satluj, a major tributary of the Indus Basin in Himachal Pradesh and 120 km from Shimla. It is designed as a run-of-river plant to India’s largest hydropower plant, 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri, which was commissioned in 2003-04. The Rampur project has the potential to generate 1,770 million units of electricity each year. The project is backed by the World Bank.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project included supply, erection and commissioning of six 68-MW Francis turbines operating at a head of 119 metres with matching synchronous generators of 200 rpm, static excitation system, main inlet valves, digital governors, state-of-the-art control & monitoring system (SCADA), associated station auxiliaries, gas insulated switchgear, and electrical and mechanical balance of plant.
Meanwhile, BHEL also commissioned a new 250-MW thermal unit at Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd’s Chhabra thermal power project in Baran district of state. This is the fourth such unit at the site taking the total capacity of the plant to 1,000 MW. All the units of this plant have been commissioned by BHEL.