Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has secured a contract for supplying electro-mechanical equipment for a 720 mw hyydroelectric project in Bhutan. The order envisages manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the electro-mechanical equipment for Mangdechhu hydroelectric project. The value of the contract will be in the range of Rs 730 crore to Rs 750 crore, an official statement said. The project is being set-up under a bilateral agreement between India and the Bhutan. The order has been placed on BHEL by Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority ( MHPA), Bhutan. After the 1,200-mw Punatsangchhu-I 1200-mw and Punatsangchhu- II projects, this is BHEL’s third consecutive contract for the main electro-mechanical package in Bhutan.
The company has installed its electro-mechanical equipment in Chhukha (336 mw), Kurichhu (60 mw) and Tala (1020 mw) hydroelectric projects in Bhutan. These projects today account for 95% of the total power generating capacity in that country. On commissioning of these projects alongwith Mangdechhu project, BHEL supplied electro-mechanical equipment will account for around 4,350 MW in Bhutan by 2017. For the present contract, four turbines and generators of 170 mw each and associated equipment will be manufactured and supplied by BHEL’s Bhopal facility while the control system will be manufactured and supplied by BHEL’s electronic division at Bangalore. Besides, Bhutan, BHEL overseas hydro installations include projects in Thailand, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Nepal. BHEL also has ongoing hydro projects in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and DR Congo.