Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commenced civil works at the 660 MW Sagardighi Supercritical Thermal Power Project in West Bengal, following the issuance of the Notice to Proceed by the developer.
Significantly, following the strategic completion of pre-engineering activities for the project beforehand, groundbreaking has begun on zero date itself. This is a major achievement as conventionally it takes a few months after the zero date to initiate civil works onsite.
Valued at approximately Rs 3,500 crore, the turnkey order for Sagardighi Thermal Power Project Extension Unit-5 was won by BHEL against stiff international competitive bidding (ICB). The order for the project located at Manigram village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal was placed on BHEL by West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL).
The Notice to Proceed was issued after obtaining the necessary approvals like environmental clearances.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the Main Plant Turnkey Package, comprising supercritical boiler and turbine generator along with its auxiliaries, electricals, controls & instrumentation, switchyard, flue gas desulphurization (FGD) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, coal handling plant and ash handling plant. The key equipment for the project will be manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam, and Bengaluru plants, while the company’s Power Sector – Eastern Region division will be responsible for construction and installation activities on site.