Significantly, following the strategic completion of pre-engineering activities for the project beforehand, groundbreaking has begun on zero date itself. This is a major achievement as conventionally it takes a few months after the zero date to initiate civil works onsite.
The turnkey order for Sagardighi thermal power project is valued at around Rs 3,500 crore. The order for thermal power project extension Unit-5 was won by BHEL against international competitive bidding (ICB).
The order for the project located at Manigram village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal was placed on BHEL by the West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL).
The notice to proceed was issued after obtaining necessary approvals like environmental clearances.
The company’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the main plant turnkey package, comprising supercritical boiler and turbine generator along with its auxiliaries, electricals, controls and instrumentation, switchyard, flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, coal handling plant and ash handling plant.
The key equipment for the project will be manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants, while the company’s Power Sector-Eastern Region division will look after construction and installation activities on site.
Sagardighi thermal power station is already equipped with two sets of 500 MW installed by BHEL in 2016.
The company has so far contributed over 80 percent of the total coal-based generating capacity of WBPDCL. In addition to Sagardighi, BHEL has executed projects at Bakreswar (five x 210 MW), Kolaghat TPS (six x 210 MW), Bandel TPS (one x 210 MW) and Santaldih TPS (four x 120 MW + two x 250 MW) for WBPDCL.
BHEL is a manufacturer of power generation equipment with an installed base of over 1,90,000 MW power plant equipment globally. The company has contracted 58 sets of supercritical boilers and 53 sets of supercritical turbine generators, ordered on it by various customers, in domestic as well as overseas markets. In the supercritical segment, BHEL has successfully manufactured and executed 660 MW, 700 MW and 800 MW sets.