BHEL to implement Rs 732 crore expansion plan in Tiruchi unit

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Tiruchirapalli, Apr 25 (UNI) The Public Sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Tiruchirapalli will implement a Rs 732 crore worth expansion plan to meet its requirement of power generation equipment for additional power generation of 10000 mw per year, according to BHELs Executive Director R N Mishra.

Presiding over the inaugural session of the two-day international workshop on tubes and pipes production and processing (TAP3), jointly organised by the BHEL and local chapter of the Indian Institute of Metals here today, Mr Mishra also pointed out that efforts would be made to increase production of power plant equipment to meet the annual additional power generation up to 15,000 mw.

He said the 11th plan envisaged additional power generation of 78750 mw and atleast 15,000 mw of additional power had to be generated every year. "BHEL Tiruchirapalli is fully geared up to achieve this goal", he added.

He said BHEL here was the only unit among other units in the country which required a large number of pipes and tubes for its boiler manufacturing activities. It also required 60,000 metric tonnes of pipes and tubes per year.

Out of this, BHEL's Steamless Steel Pipe Plant (SSTP) here was supplying about 50 per cent of the requirement of pipes and tubes.

He said taking into consideration the increasing requirement of pipes and tubes, BHEL proposed to expand the production capacity of the SSTP here.

He said BHEL also proposed to establish a centre of excellence at its Welding research Institute (WRI) here to introduce new technology for welding. This would help improve production and quality.

He claimed that despite the soaring price of raw materials especially steel, BHEL was able to meet the production target for its customers at competetive price, only because it has been upgrading welding technology.

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