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BHEL commissions 195 MW unit at Muzaffarpur

Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 195 MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in Bihar.

This is the second 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2×195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station Stage-II of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL).

KBUNL is a joint venture (JV) of NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) and BSPGCL (Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited). The first 195 MW unit was commissioned in March, 2015.

For this thermal power plant, BHEL had envisaged design, manufacturing, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines, generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries etc.

It should be note that BHEL is the leading supplier of coal-based main plant equipment to NTPC and its joint ventures. It has an over 80% share in their installed capacity in them.

About Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)

BHEL is a power plant equipment manufacturer completely owned by Union Government. It was established in 1964 and was awarded a Maharatna Company status in 2013. It is the largest engineering and manufacturing company of its kind in India.

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NTPC partners with Coal India Limited to foray into fertilizer sector

State-run power producer NTPC has signed a joint venture agreement (JVA) with state-run miner Coal India Limited (CIL) to revive plants of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL).

The agreement will pave the way for NTPC to foray into fertilizer sector and revive existing fertilizer plants of FCIL.

Under the agreement

  • A joint venture (JV) company will take up the revival of FCIL plants at Sindri in Bihar and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by setting up an ammonia urea plant at each location.
  • The JV company would initially be incorporated with 50:50 equity participation from both state run entites.
  • It also contain provisions of inducting strategic partners at a later date depending upon business requirement of JV company.

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Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC

Gurdeep Singh has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited.

His appointment was confirmed by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He has been appointed through a search committee route and became the first person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through this way.

About Gurdeep Singh

  • Prior to this appointment he was serving as the managing director (MD) of Gujarat State Electricity Company Limited (GESC).
  • He had spearheaded several key reforms during his tenure at GESC, Singh including innovative solar power programmes such as the solar power plant over the Sardar Sarovar canal
  • He had started his career in NTPC in 1987 and earlier had worked with Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, IDFC Projects and Powergen in different capacities.

About National Thermal Power Corporation Limited

  • NTPC limited is a Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU), operational under the aegis of Union Ministry of Power.
  • It I engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Established: 1975 by Union Government which now holds 70% of its equity shares as of May 2015 (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, and 2015).
  • It is India’s largest power generator company and accounts for 25 per cent of total electricity generated in the country.

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