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BHEL gets irst-ever order for Steam Generators for 700 MWe nuclear sets

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BHELBharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has achieved a significant breakthrough in the Nuclear Power segment with the first-ever order for Steam Generators for New Rating 700 MWe Nuclear Sets. Won against stiff competition, the order has been placed on BHEL by Nuclear Power Corporation of India limited (NPCIL) for Kakrapara Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat. It reinforces BHEL's market leadership in the supply of indigenously-developed state-of-the-art equipment for nuclear power projects.

For the first time in India, NPCIL is installing two units of 700 MWe rating at KAPP, the highest rating developed indigenously, based on Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors. Valued at Rs.345 Crore, the order envisages manufacture and supply of 4 Steam Generators, for use in the Primary cycle of the Nuclear Power Plant for one Reactor of 700 MWe unit rating.

The 700 MWe Steam Generator is based on the design developed by BHEL for the first 540 MWe Steam Generators installed at Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant. BHEL had also earlier supplied Steam Generators for 220 MWe Nuclear Reactors installed by NPCIL.

BHEL designed, manufactured and commissioned equipment accounts for around 80% of NPCIL's installed capacity of 4,120 MW in the country. The company has so far supplied state-of-the-art power generating equipment of various ratings corresponding to nearly 3,280 MW for various Nuclear Power Plants. NPCIL, as a utility, and BHEL, as an EPC contractor, have worked together on several NPCIL projects.

BHEL is also presently executing several contracts for NPCIL for equipment supply and erection, which are in various stages of progress. This includes a prestigious contract for supply, erection and commissioning of the complete conventional island for the first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) of 500 MW rating, being set up by Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.

BHEL has been a major partner in NPCIL's vision to achieve self-reliance in nuclear energy. Its association with NPCIL began in 1970 with the development of technology and manufacture of prototype channel covers and heavy water headers. Over the years, BHEL has supplied various types of critical equipment on the primary side for several Nuclear Power Projects in India. The development of indigenous vendors has ensured long term support to Nuclear power stations in case of problems and to facilitate easy availability of spares for the life of the plants.

These Steam Generators shall be manufactured at the Trichy plant of BHEL. The Steam Generators are to be designed, manufactured and tested according to American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Sec.III Standards). The detailed design including design analysis like Thermo Hydraulics, Stress Analysis etc. are to be carried out by BHEL.

BHEL has been committed to the nation's power development programme and has reaffirmed its commitment to the Indian Power Sector by equipping itself for the future, by way of technology, facilities and trained manpower to meet the country's power forecast for the 11th Plan and beyond. For this, it has already enhanced its manufacturing capacity to 10,000 MW per annum and is further augmenting it to 15,000 MW per annum by December, 2009 and to 20,000 MW per annum by December, 2011.

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