This has to be the single largest bulk order for mega sized power sets.
Power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Wednesday that the decks have been cleared for inviting orders for 11 sets of 660 mega watt each by the country's largest power company, NTPC.
"The inter-ministerial deliberations are over and very soon a formal clearance will be sought from the Cabinet for ordering these sets through a bulk tender by NTPC," Shinde told Hindustan Times.
Valued at close to Rs 40,000 crore, the bulk offering of these 11 sets will also bring along billions of dollars investment by leading equipment majors in setting up new facilities for manufacturing these sets indigenously.
This is one of the qualifying criteria for companies participating in this bulk offering—to be able to set up manufacturing facilities for making such sets in India itself.
This, Shinde said, is aimed at enlarging the indigenous manufacturing base for power equipments (boilers and turbine generators)—a space currently dominated by state-owned BHEL.
The new power sets –comprising of boilers and turbine generators — being ordered will use the super-critical technology, one of the most efficient technologies that enhances the efficiency of a conventional power plant by upto 5 per cent.
One of the reasons often quoted for not meeting our capacity addition targets is the lack of adequate power equipment manufactures.
Leading companies like L&T, Mitshubishi, Hitachi, Ansaldo, Alstom, Siemens, Bharat Forge, Toshiba and JSW would be in the race for the orders.