Indian BHEL wins steam generator contract for domestic REPH: Corporate


July 09, 2021

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) won a contract with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the supply of 12 steam generators for 700 MWe pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) locally developed at four locations in the country. The contract – worth approximately INR 14 billion (USD 190 million) – was awarded as part of NPCIL’s “fleet mode” procurement program.

Kakrapar Power Plant Units 3 and 4, India’s first two 700 MWe PWRs of indigenous design (Image: NPCIL)

BHEL said the steam generators will be manufactured at its factory in Tiruchirapalli, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

BHEL noted that this was the second major supply order it was awarded through a tender for NPCIL’s fleet mode implementation program for 10,700 MWe units. The first equipment order obtained by BHEL under this program was for the supply of 32 reactor manifold assemblies.

In May 2017, the Indian cabinet – chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – approved the construction of 10,700 MWe units in an “important decision to accelerate India’s national nuclear program”. The reactors are to be built at four factory sites – including two new sites – by 2031.

Two of the reactors would be built as units 5 and 6 of the Kaiga nuclear power plant in the state of Karnataka; two such as units 3 and 4 of the Gorakhpur factory in Haryana State; two as units 1 and 2 of the new Chutka factory in Madhya Pradesh; and four units in the new Mahi Banswara factory in Rajasthan.

According to BHEL, nearly three quarters of the PHWR units in India are equipped with turbine-generator sets supplied by the company.

BHEL also emerged as an “L-1 bidder” in another INR 108 billion tender by NPCIL for turbine island packages for six 700 MWe PHWRs. “With this, the company has restored its supremacy and reaffirmed its position to be the sole domestic supplier of nuclear steam turbines in the country,” said BHEL.

India has 6,885 MWe of installed nuclear capacity from 23 operational reactors and an additional 4,600 MWe under construction.

India plans to commission 21 new nuclear reactors – including 10 locally-designed PHWRs – with a combined production capacity of 15,700 MWe by 2031, the Atomic Energy Ministry announced in January 2019.

The country’s first 700 MWe PHWR – Unit 3 of the Kakrapar nuclear power plant in the Indian state of Gujarat – reached criticality in July 2020 and was connected to the power grid in January this year.

Research and writing by World Nuclear News

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