Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commenced commercial operation of its first 800 MW unit highest-rating coal-fired supercritical thermal power plant. The milestone was achieved for the first unit of the 2 x 800 MW Yeramarus thermal power plant of Raichur Power Corp. Ltd (RPCL), in Raichur district of Karnataka.
The commercial operation of this unit also marks BHEL's foray as a developer into the field of power generation. Karnataka Power Corp. Ltd (KPCL) and BHEL are the main equity partners of RPCL, the owner and operator of this power plant.
BHEL completed the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of this state-of-the-art supercritical project on turnkey basis. It has supplied all the critical equipment, such as boiler, turbine & generators, electricals, key packages of balance of plant, and has also carried out the associated civil works. The major equipment for the project has been manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Trichy, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants, while the construction of the plant was undertaken by the company's power sector, Southern Region.
BHEL has supplied and executed 4010 MW of coal-fired sets for KPCL and its joint ventures, which account for 95% of the utility's coal-fired installed capacity. BHEL is also presently executing KPCL's first gas-based combined cycle power project of 370 MW capacity involving a fuel-efficient advanced-class gas turbine at Yelahanka, Bengaluru.