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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:05 am 
BHEL despatches 600 MW boiler drum


TIRUCHI: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, on Wednesday despatched its first 600 MW boiler drum for installation in the North Chennai Thermal Power Station Stage II of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB).

The huge drum was despatched one month ahead of schedule by road on a special trailer fitted with 18 hydraulic axles.

The 28-metre-long drum with a diameter of 1.9 metres and weighing 248 metric tonnes was flagged off by V. Ananthakrishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi.

BHEL bagged the EPC contract against international competitive bidding from TNEB for setting up the country’s first 600 MW power plant designed to sub critical parameters.

Later, BHEL received another order from TNEB for supply of the second 600 MW order for the North Chennai project.

BHEL has also signed a joint venture with TNEB for setting up two 800 MW supercritical units at Udangudi in Tiruchendur Taluk of Tuticorin District.

So far, BHEL has secured orders for supply of nine 600 MW units – one from APGenco for its Kakatiya Thermal Power Project at Bhoopalapally in Warangal, four from Jindal Power Limited for its O P Jindal Super Thermal Power Plant at Raigarh in Chattisgarh and two from Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited for its Malwa Thermal Power Project, besides the two from TNEB. BHEL has fully established state-of-the-art technology for manufacture of thermal sets up to 600 MW rating in the sub critical range and has the capability to manufacture sets up to 1000 MW rating, according to a press release.

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Massive capacity augmentation at BHEL-Trichy

Tiruchirapalli, Apr 23 : Public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) here is undertaking a massive capacity augumentation scheme for enhancing the annual capacity of the high pressure Boiler Plant (HPBP) 15,000 MW, matching the corporate efforts to increase the annual capacity of BHEL to 20,000 MW by 2011, according to BHEL General Manager (Modernisation) S Karunakaran.

The Phase-II work nearing completion

He said BHEL here had proposed a holistic expansion scheme, including capacity augmentation of boiler and valve shops-Phase III, the overall capacity of fossil boiler, FBC and HRSG, spares business and valve product groups in the next three years.

Mr Karunakaran claimed that the largest-ever investment scheme for boiler shops, under phase-II, at BHEL here at a cost of Rs 731.72 crore to augment the plant's production capacity to 10,000 MW was being implemented and the plant was expected to commence production by May-June this year.

He said out of this huge investment, a sum of Rs 440 crore would be spent towards plant and machineries and the rest on civil and electrical works. Earlier, they used to import machineries from countries like the US, Germany and Japan.

The entire phase II project was expected to be completed by the year-end, he added.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:18 am 
In an attempt to tap the market potential for large nuclear power plant applications, BHEL is designing a boiler feed pump for the 700 mw nuclear power plant at Trichy.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:00 pm 
Ancillary units expect 50% more orders from BHEL Tiruchi

Tiruchi, April 3 : Ancillary units, mostly SMEs, that do fabrication jobs for Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd’s Tiruchi unit, see prosperity ahead as the public sector power equipment giant has planned for a 50 per cent increase in outsourcing this year.

In 2007-08, BHEL, Tiruchi, which produces boilers for power projects, got 2.8 lakh tonnes of steel fabricated by its ancillaries – up from 1 lakh tonnes in the year before. Orders placed (conversion charges) on the 320-odd units was Rs 428 crore, 64 per cent higher than in the previous year.

In the current year, BHEL Tiruchi has budgeted for outsourcing processing of 4.5 lakh tonnes of steel – 50 per cent more than last year.

“We are sitting in a comfort zone,” says Mr K.G. Muralidharan, President, BHEL Small and Medium Industries Association (BHELSIA).

More entrepreneurs are setting up ancillary units near BHEL. The vendor base is consequently expected to increase to 500 this year.

With the power sector being one of the few areas doing well in these times of economic slowdown, BHEL’s order intake was at a record level of Rs 59,000 crore in 2008-09, leaving the company with an order book of Rs 1,17,000 crore.

The share of Tiruchi unit was Rs 15,500 crore in terms of order intake. The unit begins this year with orders on hand worth Rs 27,150 crore – 50 per cent higher than in April 2008.

A few fabricators are putting in sizeable sums of money in doing up their facilities to match with anticipated business from BHEL. At least three units – Sunbeam Structurals, Regional Engineering Industries and Vasan Industries – have each invested around Rs 12 crore, mainly for importing machines that automate welding of boiler support structures.

Thanks to growing business, BHEL’s ancillaries need 5,000 more people.

Today, around 18,000 people work with these units.

Finding so many more people is going to be tough, says Mr Muralidharan.

The other problem the ancillaries face is the pace at which BHEL provides material to the ancillaries.

“Our work is governed by the ability of BHEL to give us material,” he says, adding that some ancillaries are asking for permission to supply fabricated products using “our own material”.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:28 am 
BHEL Trichy seeks INR 480 crore for expansion

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited's Trichy plant in Tamil Nadu has requested the company board to approve INR 480 crore plans for further expansion of facilities.

The Phase III expansion is expected to take the unit's capacity to 20,000 MW by 2011-12.

Phase I of the expansion entailing an investment of INR 180 crore was completed in 2007-08, which doubled capacity to 10,000 MW. Work on the INR 732 core Phase II is underway. On completion in two months, it will add another 5,000 MW to the plant capacity.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:42 am 
“Capacity augmentation work to be over by May”

TIRUCHI: With robust orderbook and steady progress of capacity augmentation, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Tiruchi Complex, is poised to increase its turnover to Rs. 9,506 crore in 2009-10 from Rs. 7,413 crore in 2008-09 (33 per cent growth over last year).

In 2007-08, the turnover was Rs. 5,554 crore and the profit before tax Rs. 1,512 crore. The profit before tax will go up to Rs. 2,358 crore from Rs. 1,603 crore in 2008-09, the Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi Complex V. Ananthakrishnan told presspersons on Friday.

Output to be increased

Highlighting the achievements made by the BHEL, Tiruchi Complex during 2008-09, he said 4.5 lakh tonnes of boiler components were despatched and that in accordance with the growth target of 40 per cent set for next year, the output will be increased to 6.3 lakh tonnes.

Production through outsourcing has registered an increase of 51 per cent over last year, he said, referring to the increase in sub-contractor base from 328 to 500 during the year.

Fossil Boiler, the largest product in the whole of BHEL, achieved an annual output of more than Rs. 4,270 crore. BHEL-make 200/210/250/500 MW thermal sets that form the backbone of India’s thermal generating capacity registered an impressive Plant Load Factor of 84.3 per cent and Operating Availability of 91 per cent.

All the six power stations awarded with the Minister of Power’s Meritorious Productivity Awards for 2007-08 are equipped with the generating equipment manufactured and supplied by BHEL.

The installed capacity of BHEL supplied utility sets rose to 87,646 MW, increasing the industry’s share in the country’s total installed capacity of 1,38,175 MW up to 64 per cent, he said.

During the year, orders were received for a record number of 48 utility boilers, which include eight 600 MW boilers and thirteen 500 MW boilers besides two 800 MW supercritical boilers, Mr. Ananthakrishnan said.

The year ended with the highest ever outstanding orders at Rs. 27,150 crore (up by 49 per cent over last year’s Rs. 18,170 crore). Fifty five percent of the orders to the tune of Rs. 15,500 crore were secured against International Competitive Bidding.

BHEL was able to overcome competition from Chinese companies, Mr. Ananthakrishnan said.

Sixty four per cent of the customers have placed repeat orders on BHEL, reposing their faith in its quality and delivery, and 36 per cent of customers have placed orders on BHEL on negotiation basis.

The BHEL synchronised 4,182 MW of power plant equipment during the year comprising utility and captive sets.

To a question on BHEL’s preparedness to leverage its technologies to manufacture equipment for nuclear power generation plants in future, Mr. Ananthakrishnan pointed out that BHEL has manufactured all the components of the inner vessel for the country’s first 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor being installed at Kalpakkam.

On capacity augmentation, Mr. Ananthakrishnan said the largest ever investment at an outlay of Rs. 731.72 crore to augment production capacity to 10,000 MW was under implementation and scheduled for completion by May, 2009.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:04 am 
BHEL bags order for four steam generators

TIRUCHI: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for supply of four steam generators for the country’s first 700 MWe nuclear power station, being set up at Kakrapar Atomic Power Project in Gujarat.

The order, won against stiff competition, is worth Rs.345 crore. BHEL will design, manufacture and supply these steam generators based on indigenous design developed by it.

The product will be manufactured and tested according to American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Sec.III) Standards and is expected to meet various operation requirements as per customer’s specifications, a press release issued here on Thursday said.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:04 am 
PG course in welding, quality engineering

TIRUCHI: The BHEL Education Society and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, are to jointly offer a one-year postgraduate certificate programme in welding and quality engineering for engineering graduates. According to a press release, engineering degree holders in mechanical, production, metallurgy, automobile, manufacturing and allied disciplines or equivalent are eligible to apply for the course. Course coordinator G. Buvanashekaran said that the course entails the candidate to undergo ASNT Level II certification programmes in all four Non Destructive Testing techniques and the Certified Welding Inspector programme of Welding Research Institute.

Applications forms can be downloaded from and Last date for registration is April 20. Entrance examination will be conducted at Coimbatore and Tiruchi on May 9 and the candidates will be admitted to the course on June 10.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:36 pm 
Company Review: Bhel

Discussions with numerous industry experts suggest that capacity addition plans at BHEL’s four key plants – Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal and Hyderabad – are ahead of schedule. This should allay concerns about execution for FY3/10.

BHEL’s Trichy plant (the company’s largest plant) should achieve enhanced capacity of 10,000MW (up from 5,750MW earlier) for its boiler in the next 1–2 months. Trichy is the main facility for large boilers (for thermal power), including super-critical projects, and accounts for 25% of revenues.

Haridwar, which is mainly focused on turbines for large-sized thermal plants, is expected to increase capacity from the current 5,250MW to 7,000MW by the end of this month and to reach 10,000MW by December 2009.
Order backlog

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:05 am 
BHEL develops three computerised systems

TIRUCHI: Towards reducing cycle time, improving transparency and facilitating speedy planning and loading of jobs to vendors, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, has developed three computerised systems: Computerised Cutting Plan alongside issue of materials to sub-contractors; online registration of sub-contractors, and product material directory for valves and sub-contracting (machining).


The computerised cutting plan is meant to avoid the time delay between issue of material and start of work. The practice so far has been to issue the material and obtain cutting plan from sub-contractors for scrutiny later on. Sub-contractors used to suffer from time loss in returning the excess material to BHEL or in collecting more material as per the requirement that could be determined only after preparation of the cutting plan. The new system paves way for furnishing of raw material cutting plan and procurement of materials simultaneously.

Likewise, online registration of sub-contractors could be completed within a month. So far, the process used to take six months, V Ananthakrishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, said, inaugurating the systems here recently. Expressing happiness over the development of the computerised systems, Mr. Ananthakrishnan hoped that issue of materials would be accelerated in the next financial year to meet higher targets of production.

A. Chandrababu, General Manager, Outsourcing, said that the cutting plan system would also result in material economy. While the online sub-contractor registration would result in more transparency in operations, the product material directory would help in speedy planning, he said.

E. Kirubakaran, Senior Deputy General Manager, Outsourcing, made a presentation on cutting plan software. Explaining the salient features of online sub-contractor registration and product material directory, R.T. Rajan, Deputy General Manager, Outsourcing, said that under the former system, a subcontractor would receive an acknowledgement immediately after the registration.

The product material directory was now developed for valves and sub-contracting and machining groups and the integrated directory for all the outsourced products would now be available. The directory is a ready-reckoner showing sub-contractor-wise list for various approved items, he said.

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