State-owned power equipment maker BHEL on Wednesday said it has increased its transformer building capacity to 15,000 megavolt ampere (MVA) per annum by setting up a new unit at its facility at Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.

BHEL has set up a new Core and Tank Shop at its transformer manufacturing facility at Jhansi, thereby enhancing the manufacturing capacity from 8,500 MVA to 15,000 MVA per annum, a company statement said.

“These steps would enable BHEL to cater to the requirements of power stations with advanced technology that are expected to come up,” Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, said after dedicating the unit to the nation on Wednesday.

BHEL has enhanced its power equipment manufacturing capacity to 15,000 MW per annum and is progressing well to further augment it to 20,000 MW by 2012 in line with the requirements of the nation, he added.

The company would invest Rs 150 crore in the Jhansi unit within the next two years to enhance the locomotive manufacturing capacity to over 100 locos per year.

BHEL CMD B.P. Rao said that the country’s target of adding 78,700 MW of generation capacity in the 11th Plan calls for large scale evacuation of power and efficient transmission over long distances. “We are gearing ourselves for these emerging business opportunities in transmission and distribution.”

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