Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has awarded twin boiler equipment orders to GE Power’s Steam Power business for supercritical thermal power projects at Patratu in Jharkhand and Udangudi in Tamil Nadu, at a combined order value of USD 72.4 million out of which the scope for GE Power India Limited (GEPIL) is USD 68.3 million. BHEL is executing EPC contract for a Phase-I expansion of Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited’s (PVUNL) 2,400-MW (800 MW X3) Supercritical Thermal Power Station at Patratu and for the first stage of a proposed 1,320-MW Supercritical Thermal Power Plant at Udangudi by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO).
As part of the order, GE Power will supply pressure parts equipment for the Patratu project at an order value of USD 52million and to Udangudi thermal power projects at a value of USD 20.4 million, for onshore supply. The equipment, including pressure parts, for both these projects will be sourced from GE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Durgapur, West Bengal.
Commenting on the order wins, Andrew DeLeone, Managing Director, GE Power India Limited said, “This is a key milestone in our partnership with BHEL on supercritical boiler technology for thermal power plants. GE’s advanced supercritical technology power equipment are fully compliant with the most stringent environmental norms. It also helps in achieving about 3-4 per cent higher plant efficiency compared to conventional subcritical design. For a country like India, where coal is and will remain the energy mainstay for a long time, GE’s state-of-the-art technology can play a major role in making the thermal power plants efficient and environment friendly. GE and BHEL’s collaboration makes both companies’ stronger.”
Units 1 and 2 of the Udangudi project are scheduled to be commissioned by June 2021, while Patratu plant’s Unit – 1, 2 and 3 are scheduled to be commissioned by March, 2022, September 2022 and March 2023, respectively. After the commissioning, the addition of 3700 MW of cumulative power generated from both Udangudi and Patratu supercritical power projects will help in providing easy access to electricity to the people of India (Especially Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand) while lighting up approximately 10 million homes in the country.