Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Standing top in turnover, capacity augmentation and innovation, BHEL, Tiruchi, with orders worth Rs. 20,000 crore, is set to bag an order from the Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation for supply of 2 x 800 MW supercritical boilers for its Krishnapatnam plant.

“With serious discussions under way, the order for 5 x 800 MW boilers from Reliance Power for its ultra mega power project may also come shortly,” Executive Director R.N. Misra said.

BHEL, Tiruchi, was being held on a high pedestal by both the management and customers, Mr. Misra said in his farewell address on Thursday.

He highlighted the need to meet supply targets in time and cautioned that the current orders must not be a cause for complacency.

Explaining the power scenario in the country and the challenge posed by equipment manufacturers of China, Korea, Japan and Russia to BHEL’s monopoly, V. Ananthakrishnan, who assumed charge as General Manager (in charge) of BHEL, Tiruchi, said the expansion of the Tiruchi plant was necessitated by the steady flow of orders.

He was confident that the second phase of expansion would be completed by March next. The current orders were sufficient for the next four years.

A mechanical engineering graduate from the Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi, and a postgraduate in engineering management from the then Regional Engineering College, Tiruchi, Mr. Ananthakrishnan joined BHEL, Tiruchi, in 1971.

After working in various capacities in industrial engineering, operations planning and control and boiler production, he joined the Boiler Auxiliaries Plant at Ranipet in 1991 to head the production group, before returning to Tiruchi as general manager in 2002. After heading the Advanced Technology Products and Valves Division, Mr. Ananthakrishnan became the head of manufacturing of the boiler shops in 2006.

Currently, he is the chairman of the Indian Welding Society (IWS), South Zone, and the national vice-president, IWS. He is also a Fellow of the IWS, a Fellow Member of the Institution of Engineers and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Metals.