A joint venture of BGR Energy and Hitachi to get orders worth Rs 3,600 crore from NTPC Ltd for the supply of super-critical steam turbine and generators has led the Chennai-based company to emerge as the winner for supplying nine units of stem turbines. However, it will take only five units, according to BGR Energy chairman and managing director B G Raghupathy.
The 1985-incorporated firm has emerged as the lowest bidder for all nine units of super-critical steam turbine generators. As per the tender conditions, the Delhi-headquartered power generating corporation will award 5/4 units of super-crtical steam turbines to BGR.
NTPC had invited bids for bulk supply of boilers and turbine generators for four projects —in Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh —with a total capacity of 7,200 megawatts. In the financial bids for supercritical turbine generators that were opened yesterday, BGR emerged the lowest bidder. The others who were qualified to bid include L&T Mitsubishi, Bharat Forge-Alstom and Toshiba.
The value of the five units of these turbines by BGR is estimated to be around Rs 3,600 crore. “We are interested in taking up the 2x800 Mw Gajmara Super Thermal Power project, Orissa, and 3x800 Mw Kudgi Super Thermal Power Project at Karnataka,” says Raghupathy.
The commissioning of the first turbine will be done in 42 months. The next will take two months thereafter. The contract provides price variation clause and foreign exchange variation clause.
BGR Energy is setting up a Rs 4,400-crore super-critical steam turbine factory with Germany’s Hitachi Power Europe GmbH and Japan’s Hitatchi Ltd. “The turbines for the NTPC contract will be supplied from a mix of imports from Hitachi,” says Raghupathy.The total capacity of the plant is 5000 Mw. The construction work will commence by January 2013 and completed within one year, he adds.