POWER CENTRE

BHEL | ES­TAB­LISHED IN 1956

India Today - - STATES - —Ki­ran D. Tare

THE JOUR­NEY SO FAR

Bharat Heavy Elec­tri­cals Ltd (BHEL) was con­ceived in the late 1950s to be­come the face of In­dia’s in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. Its first fac­tory manufacturing power plant equip­ment came up in 1956 in Bhopal but it started mak­ing prof­its only in 1971-72. Since then it has ex­panded its base to 15 manufacturing units across In­dia. It man­u­fac­tures over 180 prod­ucts for sec­tors rang­ing from power to telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions. Over 70 per cent of power gen­er­ated in In­dia comes from BHEL-sup­plied equip­ment. Three out of four In­dian homes are lit up with power gen­er­ated by BHEL equip­ment. It is the largest pub­lic sec­tor un­der­tak­ing in terms of em­ploy­ment and rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

Of the 35,000 MW per an­num ca­pac­ity In­dia has for power plant equip­ment manufacturing, BHEL alone con­sti­tutes 20,000 MW. With 150 project sites across In­dia and abroad, it is the largest oper­at­ing PSU. One of the largest engi­neer­ing and manufacturing com­pa­nies in In­dia, BHEL has lifted In­dia’s stand­ing in sec­tors as di­verse as trans­porta­tion, en­ergy, oil, gas, wa­ter and de­fence. It has also made In­dia self-suf­fi­cient in engi­neer­ing and is the coun­try’s largest prof­itable PSU.

To­day, BHEL prod­ucts are ex­ported to 82 coun­tries across six con­ti­nents. It has cu­mu­la­tive over­seas in­stalled ca­pac­ity of nearly 10,000 MW. This year, BHEL bagged its largest ever ex­port or­der, val­ued at $1.5 bil­lion (Rs 10,000 crore), to set up a 1,320 MW (2 x 660 MW) Maitree Su­per Ther­mal Power Project in Bangladesh. This is BHEL’s largest power project or­der in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

THE ROAD AHEAD

BHEL is bank­ing heav­ily on de­vel­op­ing a 1,000 MW ul­tra-su­per crit­i­cal unit in part­ne­ship with NPCIL and ISRO. This will re­duce the con­sump­tion of coal and im­prove equip­ment ef­fi­ciency. Along with this, it is ex­pand­ing the busi­nesses in cap­i­tal goods manufacturing for rail­ways, de­fence, so­lar PV and other in­dus­trial prod­ucts.

SHEKHAR GHOSH WHEELS IN MO­TION The BHEL plant in Harid­war

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