(News) BHEL sets up new Core and Tank Shop at its Jhansi plant
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.