BHEL begins operations of 40MW hydro power plant in West Bengal

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the second 40 MW hydro electric generating unit at the Teesta Low Dam Hydro Electric Project (HEP) Stage-IV in West Bengal following a month after the commissioning of the first 40MW unit for the project.

A run-of-the-river Greenfield project located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Teesta HEP is being set up by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), on the River Teesta.

The remaining two units of the project are also in advanced stages of execution. In west Bengal, BHEL is also executing the 3×40 MW Rammam Stage-III hydro-electric project of NTPC. The estimated annual energy generation of 720 Million Units from the project will result in significant reduction of green-house gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state as well as the nation. The order for Electrical & Mechanical (E&M) works of four units of 40 MW each was placed on BHEL by NHPC.

BHEL’s scope of work in the project consists of design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of complete E&M works including vertical shaft Kaplan Turbines. The equipment is supplied by BHEL units at Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur, Mumbai & Bengaluru and the execution of work on site is being carried out by the company’s Power Sector Eastern Region.

For NHPC, BHEL is also currently executing the 4×200 MW Parbati HEP Stage-II in Himachal Pradesh and the 3×110 MW Kishanganga HEP in Jammu and Kashmir. Significantly, hydro generating sets of more than 29,000 MW of various ratings have been contracted on BHEL in India and abroad. In the country, the company has so far commissioned nearly 400 Hydro generating sets of various ratings with a cumulative capacity of around 20,000 MW.