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Updated: August 12, 2012 01:03 IST

Bad time is over, says BHEL CMD

R. Krishnamoorthy
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B.Prasada Rao (right), Chairman and Managing Director, with A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi at a press conference in Tiruchi on Friday. Photo: M. Moorthy
The Hindu B.Prasada Rao (right), Chairman and Managing Director, with A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi at a press conference in Tiruchi on Friday. Photo: M. Moorthy

After a lull last year, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), catering to 75-80 per cent of power sector business, is witnessing improvement in the demand scenario.

Compared to the 2,800 MW order that the power major secured in 2011-12, orders for 3,000 MW, in the first quarter of 2012-13 alone, have been booked. Also, orders for 15,000 MW, placed by distribution companies in government sectors, were in the tendering stages. BHEL could maintain a growth rate of 18 per cent over the first quarter of the previous year and a bottom line of 13.5 per cent.

The company, said its Chairman and Managing Director B. Prasada Rao, saw positive signs in restructuring losses and tariff revision by distribution companies, and in Coal India’s obligation to accelerate supplies in the wake of a penalty system introduced by the Centre. “We feel the bad time is over,” Mr. Rao told presspersons on Friday.

To bring down production costs, BHEL would partner Vizag Steel Plant to manufacture cold rolled grain oriented steel.

On the export market, he said, BHEL’s market — African countries, the Middle East and Southeast Asia — was growing.

Referring to the 950 MW order placed by Bhutan, Mr. Rao said BHEL had been trying to get more orders from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries. In non-power business, the company was doing steady business in manufacturing locomotives for Indian Railways.

The metro segment was an area where BHEL was now making efforts to bid for projects in the immediate future.

On ultra super critical boiler technology, Mr. Rao said BHEL had readied the design for boilers and was developing the turbines and other auxillaries.

The company, which has been supplying guns for the Navy, has also obtained licence to manufacture arms, simulators, ammunition, launchers and armoured vehicles. .

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