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First 800 MW supercritical thermal plant in Karnataka commissioned

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Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully commissioned the first 800 MW Supercritical thermal unit in Karnataka, which is also the highest rating unit in the state.

The unit has been commissioned at the 2 x 800 MW Yeramarus thermal power plant, located in Raichur district of Karnataka. Yeramarus is being developed by Raichur Power Corp. Ltd (RPCL) – a Joint Venture of Karnataka Power Corp. Ltd (KPCL) and BHEL.

The second unit of this project is also in an advanced stage of construction and is expected to be commissioned shortly.

BHEL’s scope of work for the project envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of state-of-the-art supercritical boiler and turbine generators along with associated civil works and agreed Balance of Plant (BoP) packages. The key equipment for the project has been manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bengaluru plants, while the construction of the plant has been undertaken by the company's Power Sector- Southern Region.

BHEL has been a major partner of KPCL in the development of Karnataka's power sector. BHEL has supplied and executed 4010 MW of coal-fired sets for KPCL & its JV, accounting for 95% of their installed coal-fired capacity.

BHEL had previously commissioned the 700 MW Bellary Stage-3 supercritical project in Karnataka. The company is also presently executing KPCL's first gas-fired combined cycle power project of 370 MW capacity, involving a fuel-efficient advanced-class gas turbine at Yelahanka.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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