Govt to float tender for 'supercritical' power equipment

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New Delhi, Jan 28 (UNI) The Power Ministry today said it plans to float a tender for power equipment based on supercritical technology to achieve the target of 78,000 MW power generation by end of the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

Supercritical technology is a specialised one where each unit of a power plant carries a capacity of over 660 MW and can even go up to 1000 MW.

Currently, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) is the only power equipment supplier in the country.

''We are intending to float a tender for equipment based on a supercritical technology,'' Power Secretary Anil Razdan told reporters here on the sidelines of India Energy Mart 208.

However, he did not divulge any further details.

The Secretary further said only BHEL is not sufficient in terms of providing power equipment, as the demand is very high.

He added that the customers will have more choices once equipment manufacturers come forward, which will also improve the quality of the products.

UNI SBA/MP AK DS1230

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