Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has achieved a major milestone with the despatch of its 40th Nuclear Steam Generator to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL). The Steam Generator, to be installed in NPCIL’s Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP), was flagged off today from BHEL’s Trichy plant in the presence of senior officials of BHEL and NPCIL.
BHEL has been catering to the nation’s Nuclear Programme since 1976 by way of design,
manufacture, testing and supply of critical nuclear components like Reactor Headers, Steam Generators, other Heat Exchangers and Pressure Vessels.
The first stage of the indigenous nuclear power program of the country has attained
maturity with 18 operating PHWRs. Twelve PHWRs accounting for 74% of the Nuclear
Power capacity are equipped with BHEL-supplied Steam Turbine Generator sets (10 units of
220 MW each and two units of 540 MW).
Notably, BHEL is the only Indian company associated with all the three stages of the Indian
Nuclear Power Programme-the first stage Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR), the
second stage Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) and the third stage Advanced Heavy Water Reactor
(AHWR) and has been a partner for over four decades in the development of the indigenous
Nuclear Power Programme since its inception.
Recently, equipped with BHEL-supplied sets, the 220 MW Unit-1 at the indigenously
developed Kaiga Atomic Power Station (KAPS) of NPCIL, has created a world record for
continuous operation. The complete Steam Turbine Generator set and all the Steam
Generators for the above unit of NPCIL have been manufactured and supplied by BHEL. The
unit now stands first amongst all the Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) in the
world in terms of uninterrupted operation.
BHEL has dedicated infrastructure and skilled manpower to address the special design,
manufacturing and testing requirements complying with international codes and standards
for various components/equipment of a Nuclear power plant. BHEL has proven its capability
as a designer and manufacturer of both primary (reactor headers, end shields, etc.) and
secondary (turbine, generator, heat exchangers etc.) side equipment for Nuclear power
projects.

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