Setting a new benchmark in project commissioning, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned all the 3 supercritical units of 660 MW each at the 1980 MW coal-based Lalitpur Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Uttar Pradesh within a span of just 85 days. This has been achieved as a result of enhanced focus on project execution by way of innovative erection techniques and meticulous project management. Located in Lalitpur in Bundelkhand district of Uttar Pradesh, the 3×660 MW Lalitpur STPP has been developed by Lalitpur Power Generation Company Limited, promoted by the Bajaj Hindusthan group. The main plant package contract of this 1980 MW power plant is being executed by BHEL.
Significantly, all the three units have been synchronized by BHEL 3 to 4 months ahead of the schedule agreed between LPGCL and BHEL. This was made possible by compressing the erection and commissioning cycle, by the joint efforts of BHEL and LPGCL. In the last one year, BHEL has commissioned 4 supercritical sets of 660 MW each in Uttar Pradesh, thereby significantly improving power availability in the state. Supercritical units are more efficient, consume lesser coal and are eco-friendly. In addition, two units of 500 MW each at Anpara were also commissioned during 2015-16. The key equipment for the project has been manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Trichy, Hyderabad and Bengaluru works, while the construction of the plant has been undertaken by the company’s Power Sector – Northern Region.
BHEL is the leading power equipment manufacturer in the domestic market with 48 sets of supercritical boilers and 41 sets of supercritical turbine generators ordered on BHEL by various customers. These orders have been received from Central, State as well as private sector utilities, which have reposed their confidence in the company. With these orders under its belt, BHEL has proved its prowess as a leading supercritical power equipment manufacturer possessing state-of-the-art technology, suited to Indian conditions.