Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) will develop a 1,080MW thermal power plant in Telangana, a state in India.

The contract to BHEL was awarded by the Telangana State Power Generation (TSGENCO).

The TSGENCO order is estimated to be Rs50bn ($798.9m), BHEL said.

Development of the plant will take place at Manuguru in Khammam district of the state. The facility will house four units, each having a generation capacity of 270MW.

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According to the terms of the engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) contract, BHEL will be responsible for designing, engineering, manufacturing, supplying, constructing, erecting, testing and commissioning of the power units at the facility.

TSGENCO is expected to co-ordinate with BHEL to quicken clearances and execution of the thermal power-generating project, which is likely to be commissioned within two years on a fast track basis.

The Indian company will install its in-house developed fuel flexible boiler in the planned facility to avoid the risk of insufficient coal supply.

The equipment is expected to offer security against variation in design coal and the coal available during operation, which facilitates uninterrupted generation of power at the facility.

This new order is in line with the memorandum of understanding (MoU) formed between TSGENCO and BHEL, according to which the latter will construct 6000MW of thermal energy-generating plants.

The facilities will be developed to meet the growing power demands in the recently formed Indian state, and are expected to be commissioned within three years.