OUTBIDDING INDIAN and multinational companies in an open tender, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured a turnkey contract for renovation, modernisation and updating of two thermal generating units of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) at Bhatinda in Punjab.
Reposing confidence in BHEL’s capabilities, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) placed an order worth nearly Rs 380 crore for renovation and modernisation (R&M) of 2x110-mw units (3&4) at GNDTP.
In addition, BHEL will update the units from their existing capacity of 110 MW to 120 MW each. According to an official BHEL release, this will lead to increased availability and generation, besides life extension of the units by over 15 years.
The first set is targeted for commissioning by BHEL in a tight schedule of 20 months and the second unit in 10 months thereafter.
BHEL is one of the few companies in the world to have established state-of-the-art technology and expertise for R&M and Updating of both hydro and thermal power stations.
Retrofitting of power plants by BHEL not only revives the ageing power plants but also helps in operating them at higher levels of productivity.
Significantly, having supplied 65 per cent of India’s total installed power generating capacity, BHEL is well positioned to obtain future R&M business.
Presently, BHEL is executing contracts for R&M of two units of 120 MW each at Ukai TPS in Gujarat; one unit of 110 MW at Panipat TPS in Haryana; five units of 200 MW each at Obra TPS in UP and two units of 120 MW each at Gandhinagar TPS in Gujarat.
BHEL has also carried out overhauling, R&M and life extension of power plants in several countries like Malaysia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Libya, Malta, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Bhutan, etc, the release added.