Best efficiency of power plants could be achieved only through placing orders for spares with original equipment manufacturers, A.V.Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, said.

Speaking at a customer meet organised by the Spares and Services Business Groups of BHEL's New Delhi, Tiruchi, and Ranipet units at Chennai recently, he assured efficiency of spares supplied by BHEL. On the services front, BHEL has formed cross functional teams with a few customers organizations to analyse and resolve problems like tube failures and vibrations, Mr. Krishnan said.

Thirty-five customer officials belonging to seven Power Generation companies in southern region took part in the meeting. The participants represented Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Madras Fertilizers Limited, Puducherry Power Corporation Limited, Surana Power Projects Limited, Sterlite Industries Limited and Rajeswari Sugars Limited, according to a BHEL press release.

The State government wants BHEL to supply required spares for power projects as efficiency improvement of existing plants was very important to resolve the energy crisis, the Managing Director of TANGEDCO Rajiv Ranjan, said, in his inaugural address. The State government plans to add 8,000 MW of additional power generation capacity with 600, 660, and 800 MW boiler sets, he said.

The financial viability of TANGEDCO depends on tariff revision as there was a gap of Rs.2 a unit between actual rate of realization and actual cost of sale. The TNERC would come up with their findings in March after which the Tariff Petition could be operationalised, he said.

In his key note address, K Balasubramanian, Director/Generation, TANGEDCO, said that repair and maintenance of one of the units in Tuticorin was being planned. He appreciated BHEL for completing the commissioning of Valathoor Gas Station of 92.2 MW capacity three months ahead of schedule and declared that the Mettur Thermal Power Station achieved maximum power generation.

T N Veeraraghavan, ED, BHEL, Ranipet; R.K.Sood, General Manager/In-charge, Power Sector, Southern Region, BHEL, Chennai; and C.P.Chengappa, General Manager, Spares Business Group, BHEL, Tiruchi, spoke.

Technical presentations were made on boiler spares, controls and instrumentation products, renovation and modernisation, boiler house auxiliaries spares and field engineering services.