BHEL bags contract for 500 mw nuclear plant in TN

BHEL bags contract for 500 mw nuclear plant in TN

New Delhi: State-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals announced on 31 August it has bagged a contract for 500 mw nuclear power plant at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, being set up by Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (BNVL).

“Under international competitive bidding, we have bagged a contract for the turbine generator and secondary side equipment for the first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor of 500 mw rating," BHEL said in a statement.

The unit is scheduled for commissioning during the 11th Five-Year Plan.

In the 1,080 mw nuclear power plant at Tarapur in Maharashtra, which was dedicated to the nation today by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BHEL had supplied the equipment and commissioned the project.

BHEL played a major role in this project belonging to the Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor family by commissioning these units that are the single largest rating power generating units of any type like thermal, hydro, nuclear or gas, operating in the country.

With this, of the 17 nuclear power generating units operating at six locations in the country, BHEL’s contribution is 3,280 mw, which is 80% of India’s installed nuclear capacity of 4,120 mw.

The PSU has been a major partner in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd’s (NPCIL) vision to achieve self-reliance in nuclear energy. Its association with NPCIL began in 1970 with the development of technology and manufacture of prototype channel covers and heavy water headers, the company said.

The company is also gearing up for manufacturing equipment for higher capacity nuclear sets of 700 mw and above ratings in view of the substantial nuclear capacity expansion envisaged in the country based on such sets.