BHEL is one of the very few companies worldwide that offers facilities from production to commissioning. It has an in-house capability and capacity to manufacture a wide range of products for thermal, nuclear, gas and hydro-based utility and captive power plants, BHEL has supplied utility sets with an installed capacity of over 155,000 MW worldwide including 132,000 MW in India, placing the company in the elite club of international giants who have crossed the 150GW mark.
BHEL’s global footprint spans 77 countries including Malaysia, Oman, Libya, Iraq, the UAE, Bhutan, Egypt and New Zealand with a contract for around 17,000 MW of power plant equipment overseas. BHEL is also one of only seven Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India to be accorded the coveted ‘Maharatna’ status by the Government of India on the basis of consistent growth, performance and profitability.
With a skilled workforce of over 45,000 employees, BHEL has significant presence in core sectors including power, transmission, industry, transportation, renewables, oil & gas, defence, water and the railways. BHEL has a network of 17 manufacturing units, two dedicated repair units, eight overseas offices and six joint ventures that enable concurrent project execution at over 150 project sites across India and abroad.
The R&D centres at BHEL are ISO 9001:2008 certified for quality management systems and ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management.
Some of the major products of BHEL include steam generators varying in criticalities based on the use, boilers, safety valves, generators.
BHEL range of fuel flexible boilers
BHEL Tiruchirappalli has vast manufacturing facilities with covered shop area of around 4,00,000 square metres and a wide array of state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities. The Tiruchirappalli Complex of BHEL, comprises the high pressure boiler plant and the seamless steel tube. BHEL also houses a piping centre at Chennai, industrial valves plant at Goindwal and power plant piping unit at Thirumayam. Over the last five decades through a series of collaborations with leading manufacturers in the USA, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland BHEL has enhanced its capability to higher range of products.
BHEL has now developed a range of fuel flexible boilers which are capable of firing a wide variety of coals ranging from 100 per cent Indian to 100 per cent imported including coal blends of Indian and imported coals in various ratios. This innovation by BHEL will provide power producers considerable operational flexibility besides protection against uncertainties in the availability of coals and thereby ensure uninterrupted electricity generation.
R&D spends and power contribution
BHEL ranks among the highest R&D spenders in the country in the engineering and manufacturing sector having spent 3.26 per cent of its turnover on R&D in 2014-15 compared to 2.78 per cent in 2013-14. Increased in-house R&D efforts have led to filing of a record 453 patent and copyright applications during 2014-15 across the company taking its intellectual capital total to 3010.
Boilers supplied by BHEL have so far contributed 8010 MW to the installed power generation capacity in Tamil Nadu including 4170 MW to the State sector through its Ennore, Tuticorin, Mettur and North Madras power stations. BHEL has also supplied boilers for 2500 MW of central sector joint venture utilities at Vallur (NTECL) and Tuticorin (NTPL) and 1340 MW at Neyveli Lignite Corporation consisting of four 210 MW units and two 250 MW CFBC boilers.
Development of ancillary industries
BHEL Tiruchirappalli has developed a large number of vendors across Tamil Nadu to take up the manufacture of low and medium technology components required for boilers. This has helped to provide employment for around 50,000 workers through a network of over 350 ancillary units executing outsourced job works worth around Rs 1200 crore per annum.