Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured a Rs117bn ($1.79bn) contract to build three 800MW supercritical thermal power plants in Jharkhand, eastern India.
Construction of the three power plants is part of the phase-I of Patratu Super Thermal Power Station expansion plan.
The three plants will be built by BHEL at Patratu in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, and it is reported to be one of the largest projects ever secured by the manufacturer.
The project is expected to minimise fuel consumption, as well as replacing the existing sub-critical units presently installed at Patratu.
Additionally, the new plants will cut emissions with the incorporation of modern flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems to capture pollutants such as sodium oxide (SOx) and nitrogen dioxide (NOx).
The project is reportedly one of the largest of its kind in India to be based on air-cooled condenser technology, which has been designed to minimise water consumption.
BHEL has been playing an active role in the development of power projects in the state of Jharkhand and is currently engaged in developing three 660MW units at the North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Station, which is located in Chatra district.
The equipment for the Patratu Super Thermal Power Station will be produced at BHEL’s manufacturing facilities located in Trichy, Haridwar, Hyderabad, Ranipet, Bhopal, Bengaluru and Jhansi plants, while the company’s power sector–Western Region division will be engaged in the construction and installation activities at the site.
The project was awarded to BHEL by Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (PVUNL) through an international competitive bidding (ICB) process.
PVUNL is a joint venture between the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Jharkhand government-owned power company Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam.