K Ravi Kumar assumes additional charge of CMD, BHEL

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New Delhi, Mar 4 (UNI) K Ravi Kumar, Director (Power) on the Board of India's Largest Engineering Enterprise, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will also hold the additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director of the Navratna PSU.

Ravi Kumar takes over at a crucial juncture when BHEL is building capacity and capability to contribute fully for meeting the power forecast for the 11th Plan and beyond. For this, the company has already enhanced its manufacturing capacity to 10,000 MW per annum and is further augmenting it to 15,000 MW per annum in the next two years.

After completing his M Tech from IIT Madras and Post Graduation in Business Administration, Mr Kumar joined BHEL in 1975 in the Energy Systems and New Products (R&D) Division, after a brief stint in the private sector, and rose to the position of Director (Power) in May, 2005. He has made significant contributions in various key positions like Engineering of Control Equipment Products in the Electronics Division, Bangalore, Construction and Project Management of Thermal, Hydro, Nuclear and Industrial sets in Power Sector Southern Region, Chennai and Head of Marketing of BHEL's Power Sector business segment.

Significantly, Ravi Kumar was instrumental in achieving many firsts for BHEL; namely the first 1,000 MW coal-based turnkey project of NTPC at Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh completed in a record 39 months; first 350 MW gas-based turnkey project of NTPC at Kayamkulam in Kerala involving dredging and dynamic compaction of 14 lakh cubic metres of sand and synchronization of the 210 MW Raichur Unit 7 of KPCL in a record 25 months, besides introduction of a host of innovative erection techniques.

Under his leadership, new technologies like Supercritical Thermal Sets in the field of coal, and gas-based power plants using Advanced-class Gas Turbines were introduced for the first time in the country and were meticulously executed.

During Ravi Kumar's tenure, BHEL's Power Sector business segment achieved several significant milestones, including an all-time high order booking of Rs.27,730 Crore corresponding to 9,724 MW of power equipment in fiscal 2006-07.

During the current year also, the company is expecting a record order book and sales. He has also presented Papers in the field of Electronics and Energy in National and International Forums, said a company release.


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