Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is to manufacture and supply the highest unit-rating Kaplan hydro turbines in India as part of an electro-mechanical contract for the 12x80MW Polavaram hydroelectric plant in Andhra Pradesh. The company has also been awarded an order for E&M works for pump-motor sets for Lift Irrigation Schemes (LIS) in Telangana.

Polavaram, being developed by Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO), is located in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

The pump-motor sets order for LIS projects in Telangana include 15 sets (1992MW) for Kaleshwaram LIS and 13 sets (1885MW) for Palamuru Rangareddy LIS (package 1 & 16). These LIS projects are being developed by the Irrigation & CAD Department, Govt. of Telangana. Notably, BHEL is also executing another order for 18 pump-motor sets of Palamuru Rangareddy LIS (package 5&8) in Telangana.

The orders have been placed by EPC contractor Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) and BHEL’s scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and supervision of erection, testing & commissioning of the equipment and associated auxiliaries. 

Major equipment for the projects will be manufactured at BHEL’s manufacturing units in Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur and Bengaluru while supervision of Erection and Commissioning (E&C) at site will be done by BHEL’s Power Sector -Southern Region division, Chennai.