Hy­dro­elec­tric Projects

Southasia - - Briefing -

In­dian state-owned Bharat Heavy Elec­tri­cals Lim­ited (BHEL) has re­ceived a con­tract from Bhutan’s Mangdechhu Hy­dro­elec­tric Project Author­ity (MHPA) for set­ting up of a 720 MW hy­dro power plant. The es­ti­mated in­vest­ment for a project such as this is nearly Rs.750 crore.

The con­tract in­cludes man­u­fac­tur­ing, sup­ply­ing, erect­ing and com­mis­sion­ing of equip­ment for the MHPA. The project, set up through an agree­ment be­tween the Royal Government of Bhutan and the In­dian government, is val­ued at Rs. 594 crore. Fur­ther­more, the Bal­ance of Plant, which in­cludes coal and ash-han­dling plants, will bring the value to nearly Rs. 720 crore.

Bhutan serves as BHEL’s key ex­port ter­ri­tory where the com­pany has suc­cess­fully in­stalled its equip­ments in three hy­dro­elec­tric projects. Th­ese projects ac­count for 95% of the to­tal power gen­er­a­tion in Bhutan. In ad­di­tion, the con­tract would ben­e­fit the SME sec­tor in In­dia. The con­tract also spec­i­fies that the Bhopal unit of BHEL will man­u­fac­ture Pel­ton tur­bines and gen­er­a­tors with a ca­pac­ity of 170 Megawatts. The project is ex­pected to bridge the gap be­tween In­dia and Bhutan and will help Bhutan in en­ter­ing an agree­ment with In­dia.

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