POWER GENERATION in the country received a boost with BHEL-built thermal sets generating nearly eight per cent more power in the first nine months (April-December) of fiscal 2006-07, compared to the corresponding period, last year.
During this period, these sets registered a record generation of 268.45 billion units against 248.89 billion units in the year before.
In the same period, BHEL-manufactured sets registered a significantly higher Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 76.5 per cent against 72.5 per cent achieved last year, claimed a BHEL release.
Significantly, Dahanu Thermal Power Station Unit II (250 MW) of BSES in Maharashtra, and six units of various ratings at NTPC Power Stations at Vindhyachal, Singrauli, Korba and Dadri, operated at a record PLF of over 100 per cent.
In addition 55 thermal units with BHEL-make equipment, operating at various places of the country registered a high PLF of 90 per cent and above.
Significantly, 87 per cent of the coal-based sets and 100 per cent of nuclear sets added in the country during the year were of BHEL make. BHEL has established fully state-of-the-art technology for manufacture of thermal sets up to 500 MW rating and has the capability to manufacture sets up to 1,000 MW rating for power projects, suited to Indian conditions, using Indian as well as imported coal.
Aimed at gearing up to meet the country’s capacity addition targets towards the agenda of providing ‘Power to all by 2012’, BHEL has invested more than Rs 1,200 crore for holistic modernisation and capacity expansion of its facilities from 6,000 MW per annum at present to 10,000 MW per annum, the release added.
BHEL also has plans to further increase its capacity to 15,000 MW as required by the country’s power sector. Besides, BHEL has taken necessary steps for upgradation/introduction of new technologies and has tied up to acquire new technology to produce thermal power equipment with supercritical parameters for the next higher rating 800 MW sets and above, the release said.