GE Power’s Steam Power business has secured twin boiler equipment orders from India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) for thermal power projects located at Patratu and Udangudi in the states of Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, respectively, as per news reports.
GE will be responsible for supplying and installing pressure parts for the Patratu project and to Udangudi thermal power projects, for onshore supply. The orders have a combined value of $72.4m.
BHEL is carrying out an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a Phase I expansion of Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam’s (PVUNL) 2,400MW Supercritical Thermal Power Station at Patratu.
The company is also executing works for the first stage of a proposed 1,320MW Supercritical Thermal Power Plant at Udangudi by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).
Units 1 and 2 of the Udangudi project are expected to be commissioned by June 2021, while Patratu plant’s Unit 1, 2 and 3 are scheduled to be commissioned by March 2022, September 2022 and March 2023, respectively.
The equipment, including pressure parts for the two projects, will be sourced from GE’s manufacturing facility located in the state of West Bengal.
GE Power India managing director Andrew DeLeone said: “This is a key milestone in our partnership with BHEL on supercritical boiler technology for thermal power plants. GE’s advanced supercritical technology power equipment is fully compliant with the most stringent environmental norms.
“It also helps in achieving about 3-4% higher plant efficiency compared to conventional subcritical design.
“For a country like India, where coal is and will remain the energy mainstay for a long time, GE’s state-of-the-art technology can play a major role in making the thermal power plants efficient and environmentally friendly.”
Upon commissioning of the two projects, the addition of 3700MW of cumulative power generated from both Udangudi and Patratu power projects will power nearly ten million homes in the country.