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HONOUR: S.Sathyanarayanan, Executive Director, BHEL, right, presenting an award to a sub-contractor in Tiruchi on Wednesday. Photo: M. Moorthy
HONOUR: S.Sathyanarayanan, Executive Director, BHEL, right, presenting an award to a sub-contractor in Tiruchi on Wednesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

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The Tiruchi unit has increased its capacity to 5,000 MW per annum: Executive Director

TIRUCHI: With the country heading for a massive growth in the power sector in the near future, it was time for the sub contracting units of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to gear themselves up to meet the future expectations.

Though huge opportunities were available to excel, the units must compete as multi-national power sector giants outside the country were keen on entering this sector in the country in a big way, the Executive Director, BHEL, S. Sathyanarayanan said here on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Sub Contractors' Meet 2006 here, Mr. Sathyanarayanan said the BHEL was fully geared up to face the challenges, with the able support of its business partners.

The Government's vision was power for all villages and on demand and for achieving this, production has to be augmented by additional 1.10 MW to the present one lakh MW per annum in the 11th Five Year Plan period (2007-12). The Power Ministry was going all out with massive increase in the investment to meet the demand.

Referring to the steps initiated by the BHEL to face the challenge, he said the BHEL Corporation as a whole was taking its capacity from 6,000 MW per annum to 10,000 MW which has to be ready by 2007 end. The BHEL, Tiruchi complex, has increased its capacity from 4,000 MW per annum to 5,000 MW and has proposed to further augment it to 8,000 MW.

Expansion

The 11th Five Year Plan target for the BHEL Corporation was likely to be around 60,000 MW, which calls for over 10,000 MW per annum and the Chairman has already assured to go well beyond this. The BHEL has already committed over Rs.1,000 crore for expansion activities, including Rs.190 crore for its Tiruchi unit.

The ED said, in view of the huge expansion, the total off-loading capacity through out-sourcing which stood at 1.5 lakh tonnes in the 2006-07 was expected to go up to three lakh tonnes per year in the next Plan period. The sub-contracting units should rise to the occasion and meet the targets in time.

The president of the BHEL Small Industries Association (BHELSIA), Rajkumar Rajappa said the outsourcing units of the BHEL had achieved a turnout from 49,000 metric tonnes in 2003-04 t one lakh MT last year without much increase in infrastructure facilities. Also these units were able to convert 40,000 critical dues in a spa of five months.

The General Manager, Outsourcing, BHEL, A. Chandrababu also spoke. Mr. Sathyanarayanan presented special awards to six sub-contracting units which excelled in different categories: Heavy fabrication: Venkatrao (Master Fab), Duct fabrication: Karunakaran (Ponni Engineering), General fabrication: Shanmugavel (Bhuvaneswari Industries), Missioning category: Rathnasabapathi (Nagabushanam Processing), Special products: Madusoodhan Rao (Jayaram Engineering) and Material economy: Karthikeyan (Kumar Industries). The General Manager, Quality, BHEL, V. T. Sathyanathan distributed certificates to 21 sub-contracting units under self-certification scheme.

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