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BHEL wins EPC contract for 1.32GW Udangudi thermal power plant in India

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract worth INR7,300crore ($1.1bn) for installing a 1.32GW Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

India’s state-owned power equipment manufacturer has bagged the order from Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO). BHEL has won the contract in an international competition bidding for the Udangudi TPP which would comprise two units of 660MW each.

BHEL will execute the greenfield project located at Udangudi in Thoothukudi district on an EPC basis.

As part of the contract, the company will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning and civil works for the entire power plant. The contract would also include work related to sea water intake and outfall systems.

BHEL plans to manufacture the key equipment for the Udangudi TPP at its Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru facilities.

The company will use its Power Sector – Southern Region to carry out the civil works, erection and commissioning of the power plant’s equipment.

BHEL, in a statement, said: “The implementation of the new projects will help foster growth in Tamil Nadu and provide easy access to electricity to the people of the state.

“At present, BHEL has a significant share of 83% in the state’s coal-based generating capacity and has been a major partner in the power development programme of Tamil Nadu.”

BHEL has won four orders for supercritical sets that have been finalized by TANGEDCO in the last three years. The previous three orders are 2x660MW Ennore SEZ, 1×800 MW North Chennai Supercritical TPP Stage-III and 2×800 MW Uppur TPP.

In late October, BHEL secured an EPC contract worth $900m for a new 800MW super critical thermal power plant to be owned by coal mining company Singareni Collieries in the southern Indian state of Telangana.