New Delhi: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), India’s largest power equipment manufacturer, today announced it has bagged an order for executing the largest hydro power project in Nepal. The order for the 900 Megawatt Arun-3 hydro project has been placed by SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company (SAPDC).
Located in the Sankhuwasabha district, the project will substantially enhance Nepal’s present installed power capacity and will contribute to that nation’s vision of utilising its vast hydro potential for accelerated economic development.
“The order will provide a fillip to the company’s focus on globalization as a driver for growth. Valued at Rs 536 crore, the order envisages design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection and commissioning of electro-mechanical equipment involving supply of four Vertical Francis Turbines and Generator sets, each rated 225 MW,” BHEL said in a statement.
The company has so far supplied equipment for overseas power projects with a total capacity of 11,000 Mw, adding that it has achieved consistent growth in exports. The firm had recently secured its maiden export orders from Benin, Togo, Chile and Estonia, expanding its global footprint to 83 countries across all the six continents. It also said that a major highlight of the recent past was the receipt of an export order valued at $1.5 billion for setting up 1,320 MW Maitree Super Thermal Power Project in Bangladesh.
BHEL is currently executing hydro projects of over 2,700 MW capacity in the country and 2,940 MW in Bhutan which are under various stages of implementation. BHEL had commissioned the 60 Mw Kulekhani-I Hydro Power Project in Nepal in 1980. This was followed by the commissioning of 15 Mw Devighat Hydro Project and multiple contracts for supply & services.
For the Arun-3 project, BHEL will manufacture the turbines, generators, generator transformers, control system, bus ducts and other associated equipment at its manufacturing units in Bhopal, Bangalore, Rudrapur and Jhansi. The company’s Power Sector-Northern Region division will undertake the erection and commissioning of the project while its 400 Kilovolt Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) will be executed by Transmission Business Group based in Noida.
BHEL has so far bagged orders for commissioning of over 500 hydroelectric generating sets of various ratings in India and abroad with a total capacity of 30,000 MW. Of these, equipment for about 6,600 MW generating capacity has been supplied for overseas projects. BHEL’s hydro plants are currently performing in India and Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Rwanda, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand and Vietnam.
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