Bhel turns 660MW unit operational at Lalitpur thermal project in India

18 January 2016 (Last Updated January 18th, 2016 18:30)

Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned the second of the three 660MW units at the 1,980MW Lalitpur super thermal power project (STPP) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned the second of the three 660MW units at the 1,980MW Lalitpur super thermal power project (STPP) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

This is the second power unit to be commissioned by Bhel in Uttar Pradesh in a month. A 660MW unit at the Prayagraj Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Allahabad district was made operational in December.

The Prayagraj power plant, too, will feature three 660MW units.

Bhel is developing the Lalitpur project under a Rs54.5bn ($1.22bn) contract received from Lalitpur Power Generation Company (LPGCL), a Bajaj Group company, in 2011.

"The project … will enable the state increase power availability to 20GW from the present 10GW by 2017."

The first of the three units was commissioned in September 2015.

The project is located in the Lalitpur district of the Bundelkhand region and will enable the state increase power availability to 20GW from the present 10GW by 2017.

Bhel is also working on one 500MW coal-based supercritical thermal unit at Anpara Thermal Power Station in Uttar Pradesh.

All these installations are expected to raise the power output in the Indian state, allowing it to have an additional 4,460MW generation capacity.

Bhel stated it has orders for 43 sets of supercritical boilers and 38 sets of supercritical turbine generators in line.

The company has already turned 5,706MW of power plants operational in the utility sector during the current financial year (2015-16).