BHELBharat Heavy Electricals Ltd has secured an EPC contract for setting up a 1,080-MW thermal power plant in Telangana. The order has been placed by Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Ltd.

Earlier, in December 2014, the newly-formed state power utility had placed an order on BHEL for setting up Telangana’s first supercritical thermal power plant of 800 MW, also on EPC basis, at Kothagudem.

Valued at over Rs.5,000 crore, the latest order envisages setting up a 4×270 MW thermal power plant on EPC basis at Manuguru in Khammam district of Telangana. The project is targeted to be commissioned in 24 months on fast track basis.

TSGENCO has also entered into an MoU with BHEL for construction of new thermal power plants totalling 6,000 MW in the state. All these power plants are expected to commence generation within the next three years and meet the state’s increasing demand for power. With the order for Manuguru project, 1,880 MW has already been awarded to BHEL.

To overcome the present uncertainty over coal supply, BHEL will use its indigenously developed fuel flexible boiler in the new power plants. This boiler is capable of firing the entire range, from 100 per cent Indian to 100 per cent imported mix of coal. It is anticipated that the use of this boiler will provide security against variation in design coal and the coal actually available during operation, thus offering operational flexibility for uninterrupted generation.

BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of four units of 270 MW thermal sets each. The key equipment for the contract will be manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Hyderabad, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Bengaluru and Jhansi plants, while the company’s Power Sector – Western Region will be responsible for civil works and erection and commissioning of the equipment.

Earlier, BHEL won a Rs.225-crore order from NTPC for setting up the 120-MW Rammam Stage-III hydropower project in West Bengal.

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