BHEL to invest Rs.1500 Million at
Jhansi unit over 2 years to add locomotive manufacturing capacity.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has set up a new
state-of-the-art Core and Tank Shop at its Transformer Manufacturing
Facility at Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. With this new shop, the manufacturing
capacity for transformers at BHEL’s Jhansi unit has been enhanced from 8,500
MVA to 15,000 MVA per annum.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
announced that an investment of about Rs.1500 Million will be given to the
Jhansi unit within the next 2 years to enhance the locomotive manufacturing
capacity to take it to over 100 locos per year.
"This investment, in addition to bringing prosperity and employment
opportunities in this region, will also help BHEL in meeting the upcoming
huge requirement including higher capacity next generation state-of-the-art
technology of locomotives for Indian Railways," said Sh. Deshmukh. The
Minister also flagged-off the 26th Locomotive of 5,000 HP rating, against an
order from Indian railways for 50 such locos.
B.P. Rao, CMD, BHEL said that the country’s target of adding 78,700 MW of
generation capacity in the 11th Plan and around 1,00,000 MW in the 12th Plan
calls for large scale evacuation of power and efficient transmission over
long distances. We are gearing ourselves for these emerging business
opportunities in transmission and distribution.
"This new facility has been established with this intent. This will not only
increase our manufacturing capacity but also give us an opportunity to
position ourselves as the leading player in the segment," he said.
Sh. Vilasrao Deshmukh said that these steps would enable BHEL to cater to
the requirements of power stations with advanced technology that are
expected to come up during the 12th five year plan period and beyond. The
company has enhanced its power equipment manufacturing capacity to 15,000 MW
per annum and is progressing well to further augment it to 20,000 MW by 2012
in line with the requirements of the nation, he added.
It is expected that Supercritical Thermal Power Plants of 800 MW and Nuclear
Power Plants of 700 MW and above will boost the demand for Transformers
manifold in the near future. To equip itself for this anticipated surge in
demand for transformers at nearly 1,20,000 MVA per year, BHEL has taken
several steps including setting up a new UHV transformer block at its Bhopal
plant, in addition to the new facility at Jhansi. With this, the total
installed transformer manufacturing capacity of BHEL including its Bhopal
and Jhansi plants will go up to a phenomenal 45,000 MVA.