India’s state-owned company Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been contracted by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution (TANGEDCO) to build 1,600MW Uppur supercritical thermal power project (TPP) in the state.

The Rs56bn ($822.9m) contract was awarded following international competitive bidding process.

The proposed coal-based thermal power project, to be built in Ramanathapuram district of the state, will comprise two units each with a capacity of 800MW.

Under the contract, BHEL will perform design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning and civil works for the main plant package.

"The plant will generate electricity to help boost growth in Tamil Nadu."

BHEL will manufacture key equipment for the project at its facilities in Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bangalore.

The company’s Power Sector – Southern Region will carry out civil works and erection / commissioning of equipment.

Expected to come online by September 2019, the plant will generate electricity to help boost growth in Tamil Nadu.

TANGEDCO was recently awarded a main plant package contract to BHEL for the 800MW North Chennai supercritical TPP stage III in Tamil Nadu.

Located in Thiruvallur district, the North Chennai stage III project is expected to provide easy access to electricity to Tamil Nadu’s population.

BHEL has also recently commissioned a 101MW gas-based combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in the state of Tripura.

CCPP was developed on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis for the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation.

BHEL commissioned the plant by bringing the 35.6MW steam turbine online. The 65.4MW gas turbine at the CCPP started operations last year.