Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by Parliamentary approval to the India-U.S. nuclear deal, the joint venture between the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has decided to float an Expression of Interest (EoI) to search for a ‘technology partner’ for 700 MWe, 1,000 MWe and 1,600 MWe turbine technology.

“The passage of the nuclear deal in Parliament and its positive outcome certainly augurs well for the joint venture.

“We will now move forward on the technology front and the joint venture will float an EoI next month to seek a technology partner for manufacture of 700 MWe, 1,000 MWe and 1,600 MWe turbines for nuclear plants. The attempt is to explore and evaluate various technology options available for steam turbine generation sets of 700 MWe rating and above and also enable BHEL to develop as an indigenous source capable of designing and manufacturing steam gensets of such ratings to meet the needs of various nuclear projects proposed to be set up in future,” BHEL Chairman and Managing Director K. Ravi Kumar said on Thursday.

Asserting that BHEL was ready to face challenges posed by the ambitious challenges proposed in the XI Plan, Mr. Kumar said his company had a tie up with Siemens on 600 MW super heat and 600 MW heat turbines and boilers.

The joint venture was formed in May to provide services for nuclear plants in India and abroad. The joint venture entity will carry out Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) activity for nuclear power plants on mutually beneficial terms.

BHEL is now executing several contracts for NPCIL for equipment supply and erection including a prestigious contract for the turbine generator and secondary side equipment for the first prototype east breeder reactor (PFBR) of 500 MW rating being set up by the Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu.