Public sector giant, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is augmenting its power equipment manufacturing capacity to 15,000 mega watts by 2009 to meet the country’s power generation targets for the 11th and 12th Five Year Plans, a company release said on Friday.
The country’s major power equipment manufacturer is initiating the capacity augmentation programme as the Ministry of Power proposes to add 78,577-mega watt of power during the 11th Five Year Plan.
As a part of the capacity augmentation process, BHEL will invest Rs 220 crore to upgrade the production capacity at its state-of-the-art blade shop in Haridwar. It has already invested Rs 180 crores in the unit.
With infusion of fresh funds will up the production to 2.25 lakh blades per annum by 2009 and will be capable of manufacturing advance design blades for thermal power units up to 1,000-mega watt capacity, the release said.
Advanced design blades are used in thermal sets for better efficiency and lower heat rate and were being imported prior to setting up this blade shop. According to the release, BHEL is also setting up a new fabrication plant in Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh with an initial investment of Rs 306 crores to meet the increased demand of fabricated components and assemblies.
The Central Electricity Authority has in a note on generation capacity during the 11th Plan and beyond has said that slippages in supplies and commissioning of units being executed by BHEL were mainly due to delay in supplies, shortage of manpower, deployment of inadequate construction machinery and delay in placement of orders for balance of plants and other sub-contracts.
According to the release BHEL has also taken steps for upgradation and has acquired new technologies to produce thermal power equipment with super-critical parameters for the 800 MW sets.