Ceiling girders for first supercritical plant sent

Staff Reporter

It was flagged off by BHEL Executive Director A.V. Krishnan

TIRUCHI: Ceiling girders fabricated by Five Star Industries, a sub-contractor of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), for the country’s first supercritical 660 MW plant at Barh in Bihar, was flagged off on Monday by Executive Director of BHEL A.V. Krishnan.

The real concept of producibility has been tested successfully by the Quality, Engineering, Manufacturing and Outsourcing departments, Mr. Krishnan said flagging off the first set of ceiling girders manufactured to BHEL’s design, in the presence of senior officials including the General Manager – Outsourcing G. Ramakrishna, General Manager – Commercial and Marketing-Fossil Boilers C.S. Ramachandran, and General Manager – Engineering C. Jayadevan.

Explaining the special engineering efforts taken for 660 MW supercritical units, Mr. Jayadevan said that the weight of individual units was designed keeping in mind the handling facilities at sites and transportation needs. He termed the supercritical units as the future in view of their environment-friendliness.

Complimenting Messrs Five Star Industries, Mr. Ramakrishna said the sub-contractor has so far manufactured 4,000 tonnes of non-pressure parts and 500 tonnes of pressure parts for the year. The BHEL has completed above two lakh tonnes of production through outsourcing, he said.

BHEL has taken a march over its competitors to set up supercritical units, Mr. Ramachandran said elaborating on the significance of the despatch. The supply of ceiling girders for the Barh Stage II project as per schedule was a matter of pride, he said, hoping for customer preference for BHEL for future ultra-mega power projects.

Deputy General Manager of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Sivananthan received the quality documents, and said the Corporation had set targets to add generating capacities of 5000 MW by 2012 and 7500 MW by 2017. Complimenting BHEL for the achievement in the manufacture of ceiling girders, he hoped for the same success in manufacturing components for super critical units of 800 MW and 1000 MW capacities.

T.V. Krishnan, Additional General Manager – Outsourcing said that design improvements were incorporated during the course of manufacture.

The BHEL bagged the first commercial order from NTPC for setting up two 660 MW steam turbine generators with supercritical parameters against international competitive bidding (ICB) for the Barh Thermal Power Project Stage II, located about 75 km from Patna in Bihar. BHEL is executing the project with technical support from Alstom.

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