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BHEL,the culprit for Tamil Nadu power crisis

Chennai, June 28 () : Many of the power-starved States in India have left the blame squarely at the doors of BHEL.

NLC said that the state-owned PSU BHEL was forty months behind in supplying equipment for setting the plant that would have generated 1500 MW and saved TANGEDCO of Rs 5000 crores that it spent on buying power from private producers.

The project in Tamil Nadu that is hit is the 2×800-Mw super critical project at Udangudi. Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa decided to scrap the tie up with BHEL and decided to strike it alone with state power board and a private promoter and import coal directly.

BHEL wrote to the Tamil Nadu government that there will not be any further delay in setting up the power project since the company’s production capacity has gone up to 20,000 MW and that there are no constraints in executing the project and operating it from 2015. TN government has not responded to it.

Another power project of NLC and BHEL in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, is delayed by three years now, costing the former Rs 2 crore per day. On the list of delayed power projects is the Tamil Nadu Energy Company’s 1,500MW thermal power plant at Vallur in Tiruvallur district, India.

TANGEDO has an equal stake in the project with NLC. Only one unit of the project was functioning while various phases at the Rs 5,423.55-crore project at Vallur have been delayed by 18-20 months.

14 per cent (5.7 Gw) of the planned capacity in India was missed because of BHEL’s failure to provide equipment on time. BHEL puts the blame on NLC saying its role in any plant is limited to only 40% and rest like land acquisition by NLC is creating delays. In Rajasthan it was given different kind of lignite for making boilers but the plant managers decided to use another variety later resulting in redesigning.

A 380-metric-tonne stator motor meant for the North Chennai Unit-II project from its Haridwar plant on its way fell into the river after a small bridge near Bhopal collapsed. It had to be sent by sea to Chennai where again it got delayed over duties etc. BHEL share has fallen rapidly from 65% to 45%. Chinese , Japanese and MNCs like L&T are fast capturing the market.

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