Contract awarded to supply 120-MW Rammam Stage-III hydro plant in India


Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has been awarded a contract worth INR2.25 billion (US$36 million) to supply equipment for the 120-MW Rammam Stage-III hydro plant, being built in India’s West Bengal State.

The contract, for setting up of hydro generating sets and associated electromechanical equipment, was awarded by state-owned utility NTPC Hydro Ltd.

Rammam Stage-III, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, is a run-of-river scheme on the Rammam River. The powerhouse will contain three Pelton turbine-generator units, each with a capacity of 40 MW.

BHEL will engineer, procure, manufacture, erect and commission the generating sets and associated mechanical works (including transformers and control and monitoring system), to be executed in a schedule of 45 months.

NTPC is developing four hydro projects with a total capacity of 1,611 MW, as well as several thermal projects, BHEL says. The other hydro projects are 800-MW Koldam, 520-MW Tapovan Vishnugad and 171-MW Lata Tapovan. BHEL is supplying equipment for all four hydro projects, according to a press release.

Significant new development work is going on in India. HydroWorld recently reported on projects awaiting environmental clearance with a total capacity of 11,000 MW.

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