BHEL prevails in NPCIL tender for nuclear steam turbines with $1.5bn bid
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has prevailed in an open competitive bidding process for the fleet mode tender floated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the 6×700 MW Turbine Island Package Projects with a bid of around INR108 billion ($1.49 billion).
The company said that it has retained its leadership position in the marker of being the only Indian supplier of nuclear steam turbines.
According to BHEL, pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) are the mainstay of the Indian nuclear power program.
The company said that 12 out of 18 operating PHWRs of NPCIL are powered by its steam turbine generator sets. These include 10x220MW and 2x540MW steam turbines. The remaining six of the PHWRs of NPCIL are from Canada and Ukraine.
BHEL claims that its steam turbine generator sets have continuously performed excellently with Kaiga Unit -1 achieving a world record of uninterrupted operation for 962 days.
Apart from that, BHEL had supplied 2x700MW steam turbine generator sets each for Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant Units 3 and 4 and Rawatbhata Atomic Power Plant Units 7 and 8.
The company stated: “BHEL has been a reliable supplier of critical equipment and services for India’s Nuclear Programme for many decades with specialized manufacturing facilities and capabilities already been set up.
“The company aims to continue making a major contribution towards self-reliance in Nuclear equipment production and initiatives taken will be a driving force towards the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan of Government of India.”