Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned a 600MW coal-based unit at the Kakatiya Thermal Power Project (TPP) in Telengana, in India.
Situated at Chelpur in Warangal District, the plant already has an operational 500MW unit, which was commissioned by Bhel in 2010. The unit has a Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 93.75%, the best among all state sector power stations in 2014-15.
The Indian firm has won contracts for 21 of its 600MW sets in the country, of which 14 has started generating power.
Bhel units have been found by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) study to deliver enhanced operating heat rate and reduced coal consumption per unit of generated energy.
Around 84% of Telegana’s coal-based power plants have been commissioned by Bhel.
Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited (TSGENCO) has recently awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) orders totalling nearly 6GW of thermal power to the company.
Under the multiple orders, the firm will be responsible for four 270MW units at Bhadradri, one 800MW unit at Kothagudem and five 800MW units at Yadadri power stations.
While the order for supercritical thermal power plant at Kothagudem was placed in January 2015, the contract for 4GW Yadadri power station was won by Bhel in June 2015.
It will also be delivering two 600MW units for the Singareni thermal power project at Pegadapally in the Indian state.
All the projects are expected to be accelerated in order to meet the rising energy demands in the newly formed state.