The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Haridwar unit has manufactured the country’s first indigenous 800 MW turbo generator.
It has made this state-of-the-art generator for the Yeramarus Thermal Power Project of the Karnataka Power Corporation at Raichur. This generator can supply power to about 6 lakh homes.
BHEL executive director Prakash Chand waved a green flag at a ceremony to send off the generator to Raichur. Describing it as a major step towards realizing PM Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India,’ Chand said, “The supercritical generator requires a high level of precision and craftsmanship for its manufacture which comes from the dedicated and skilled workforce.”
BHEL Haridwar already manufactures and supplies supercritical turbines and generators of 660 MW, 700 MW and above.
General manager (electrical machines) Anil Kapoor said this is the largest capacity generator ever made in India, and uses steel hollow conductors in place of copper conductors.
With the successful dispatch of the generator, a new benchmark has been set by BHEL Haridwar with respect to indigenous manufacture of thermal sets with supercritical parameters.
The facility for assembly and testing of this series of generators has been designed and engineered in-house at BHEL’s Haridwar plant. The new facility has the capability to manufacture and test turbo generators of up to 1,000 MW rating.