Non-Destructive Evaluation, a tool to prevent defects: CMD of BHEL

M. Chidambaram , Director, NIT-Tiruchi, releasing the technical proceedings at a seminar in Tiruchi on Thursday. (From left) B. Prasada Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL; A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, Tiruchi BHEL; and J.L. Rose, Paul Morrow Chair Professor of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, US, are in the picture.

M. Chidambaram , Director, NIT-Tiruchi, releasing the technical proceedings at a seminar in Tiruchi on Thursday. (From left) B. Prasada Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL; A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, Tiruchi BHEL; and J.L. Rose, Paul Morrow Chair Professor of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, US, are in the picture.

TIRUCHI: Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is gaining importance as a tool to prevent rather than detect defects and is a significant part of the overall quality plan of manufacturing, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) B. Prasada Rao said here on Thursday.

This meant that there had to be more real-time evaluation and in-built feedback control system.

This was an area of great potential for large-scale automation and multi-disciplinary integration, Mr. Rao said, inaugurating the national seminar and exhibition on NDE organised by the Tiruchi Chapter of the Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT).

The Tiruchi Chapter is organising the prestigious conference after 17 years. The exhibition on the theme is ‘NDE in power industry’.

NDE professionals had a great role to play in the context of the nation’s requirement of uninterrupted power generation from all its utilities. NDE today was an integral part of manufacturing system for quality control through on-line monitoring, structural integrity assessment of finished products and in residual life assessment of structural systems like aged power plants.

Power plant equipment manufacturers wanted NDE to be speedy, delinking human dependence on interpretation. It had to be defect-preventive, easily recordable and retrievable and, of course, reliable and repeatable.

“If you could pack these within a reasonable cost, you would have certainly delighted your customers,” Mr. Rao told the huge gathering of NDE professionals.

“As users, we have the liberty to ask for the NDE to be done when the weld is hot or just cooling, without waiting time. We may sound prima facie ridiculous, but we would demand NDE to be done on inaccessible areas. NDE should be non-contact type, when required.”

There were realms like online ultrasonic testing of tubular butt joints that BHEL needed to move into.

There was great potential for further improvements in speed through reduced NDE exposure times and automated on-line systems.

Delivering the key-note address, A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi, said the survival yardsticks in these demanding times essentially translated into trouble-free service of power plants.

This was where quality and NDE professionals had a big role.

There was a lot of effort behind defining the quality of raw materials.

The NDE provided confidence on the raw material. The demands on the NDE in manufacturing processes were growing, and many NDE techniques complemented the integrity assurance systems.

Efforts to update some of the conventional NDE techniques by taking advantage of developments in microprocessors, computers and digital processing techniques should continue.

Dilip Takbhate, president, ISNT, said that the Asia Pacific Conference on NDT would be held on a grand scale in the year 2013 in Mumbai.

Briefing about NDE 2009, R.J. Pardikar, convenor, said 180 technical papers would be presented in four parallel sessions.

Chairman of ISNT, Tiruchi Chapter, V. Thyagarajan, said the NDE 2009 would set a national benchmark.

A milestone for BHEL

BIG DAY: BHEL Chairman B.P. Rao flags off the first consignment of supercritical boiler components for Krishnapatnam project from Tiruchi on Wednesday.

BIG DAY: BHEL Chairman B.P. Rao flags off the first consignment of supercritical boiler components for Krishnapatnam project from Tiruchi on Wednesday.

TIRUCHI: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, achieved a major milestone on Wednesday with the despatch of the first consignment of supercritical boiler components for its 2 x 800 MW power project at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. B.P. Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL, flagged off the consignment in the presence of Mr.A. V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL Tiruchi Complex, and other senior officials.

The Rs. 2,500-crore order for BHEL’s first supercritical 800 MW boilers was placed by the Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company Limited (APPDCL), a joint venture of APGenco and ILFS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited).

According to a BHEL press release, BHEL had demonstrated its international competitiveness by securing this order by outbidding the L&T-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) combine in a global tender.

BHEL’s scope of work includes manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the steam generators and associated auxiliaries. While the supercritical boilers are being manufactured at BHEL’s Boiler Plant at Tiruchirappalli, the coal mills and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) are being supplied by BHEL’s manufacturing units at Hyderabad and Ranipet respectively.

BHEL has also formed a joint venture with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for setting up a 2 x 800 MW supercritical thermal power project at Udangudi in Tiruchendur taluk of Tuticorin district. It will be the first supercritical power project in Tamil Nadu at a total capital outlay of around Rs 8,700 crore.

Leveraging the joint venture route, BHEL has signed another agreement with the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) to build, own and operate thermal power plants with supercritical parameters at Edlapur and Eramarus in the Raichur district of Karnataka.

Recently, BHEL secured another major order worth Rs. 5,600 core for supplying three 660 MW supercritical thermal sets for the 1980 MW Prayagraj Thermal Power Project being set up at Bara in the Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh by Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL), owned by the private sector Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL).

SOURCE : THE HINDU

BHEL to commission Tirumayam plant

growing: B. Prasada Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, addressing a press conference in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

growing: B. Prasada Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, addressing a press conference in Tiruchi on Wednesday.

TIRUCHI: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will commission its Thirumayam plant in Pudukkottai district by the end of 2011, its Chairman and Managing Director B. Prasada Rao said on Wednesday.

Construction of compound wall on the 40 acre site was started during September. The BHEL has made known the need for additional land for the plant, Mr. Rao said addressing a press conference.

The BHEL has been posting a year-on-year growth of 20 per cent over the past five years owing to capacity addition initiatives. In the second quarter the growth in revenue was 21 per cent. “We expect to reach the 62,000 MW mark with certainty by the end of the current five-year plan. With more efforts, 5,000 MW more could be added,” he said.

As for the Tiruchi plant, the BHEL was on its way to achieving the target of 6.5 lakh tonnes, he said. In the subsequent plan periods, the main demand of clients will be for supercritical boilers. Besides improving efficiency, supercritical sets lessen emission, he said, referring to the Tiruchi unit’s despatch of first consignment of supercritical boiler components for its 2 x 800 MW power project at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Orders for five 660 MW supercritical boilers have so far been placed on BHEL.

Mr. Rao saw an opportunity for BHEL to capitalise on its technologies when asked about India’s assurance at the Copenhagen Summit to carry out 20-25 per cent carbon emission intensity cuts on the 2005 levels by 2020. By indigenising a range of both main and auxiliary products through absorbing technologies of 70 international companies over the past 40 to 45 years, BHEL enjoys a natural advantage, he said, expecting to attain revenue of Rs. 50,000 crore by 2012. The pending orders were worth Rs. 1.3 lakh crore. Mr. Rao expected the demand for captive power plants to grow by 10 per cent.

Through capacity addition and increase in manpower the BHEL was poised to augment its manufacturing capacity to 20,000 MW by 2012. Over the last two years, manpower was added to the extent of 8,500 in all categories like officers and workmen. Over the next three years, an addition of 4,000 will be made each year such that the overall number will reach 50,000 to 53,000 by 2012, said Mr. Rao.

The BHEL has begun to explore new markets in Africa. The company exports its products to South East Asian countries, Central Asian countries, Oman, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan, Mr. Rao said.

Responding to a query Mr. Rao said that the BHEL was interested in manufacturing nuclear power plant equipment. Through its MoU with BEL (Bharat Electronics), the BHEL has taken steps to enhance its solar power generation to eight megawatts. Depending on the policy initiatives, the BHEL will scale up solar power generation with appropriate technology integration at the right time.

Mr. Rao was accompanied by the Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi, A.V. Krishnan and other senior officials.

SOURCE : THE HINDU

விரைவில் அமைக்கப்படுகிறது திருச்சி அருங்காட்சியத்தில் பழங்காலத்து சிலைகள் பூங்கா

திருச்சி, டவுன் ஹால் பகுதியில் அரசு அருங்காட்சியகம் உள்ளது. இங்கு பழங்காலத்தை சேர்ந்த அரிய பொருட்கள், நாணயங்கள் பொதுமக்கள் பார்வைக்கு வைக்கப்பட்டு உள்ளன. இவை தவிர 18ம் நூற்றாண்டை சேர்ந்த கவுதம புத்தர், மகாவீர் ஜெயின் சிலைகள் உள்பட 100க்கும் மேற்பட்ட அரிய சிலைகளும் உள்ளன. ஆனால் அருங்காட்சியகத்தில் போதுமான இட வசதி இல்லாததால் அவற்றை பொதுமக்கள் பார்வையிட்டு வைக்க முடியவில்லை.

 

இந்த நிலையில் தற்போது அரிய வகை சிலைகளை மக்கள் பார்த்து மகிழும் வகையில் சிலைகள் பூங்கா அமைக்க அருங்காட்சியகம் முடிவு செய்து உள்ளது. 2,570 சதுர அடியில் பூங்கா அமைக்கப்பட உள்ளது.

 

திருச்சி அருங்காட்சியகம் தொடங்கப்பட்டு 26 வருடங்கள் ஆகிறது. முதலில் கண்டோன்மெண்டு பகுதியில் செயல்பட்டது. 1977ல் டவுன் ஹாலுக்கு மாற்றப்பட்டது.

 

தற்போது அருங்காட்சியகம் விரிவாக்கம் செய்யப்பட்டு சிலைகள் பூங்கா, அமைக்கப்படுவதால் அதிக பார்வையாளர்கள், வந்து செல்வார்கள் அடுத்த ஆண்டுக்குள் சிலைகள் பூங்கா அமைக்கப்பட்டு வரும் என கண்காணிப்பாளர் கோவிந்தராஜ் தெரிவித்து உள்ளார்.

SOURCE : MALAIMALAR (இந்தியாவின் No.1 மாலை நாளிதழ்)

BHEL wins Rs.5,600 crore contract for plant in UP

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a major order for setting up the 1,980 MW (3 X 660) Prayagraj Thermal Power Project (TPP) with supercritical parameters in Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs.5,600 crore order for the greenfield power project at Bara in Allahabad district placed by Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited (PPGCL), owned by Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL), reflects customer confidence in BHEL’s technological excellence and capability, according to a press release.

JAL, a unit of the Jaiprakash Group, bagged this project from the UP Government under tariff-based bidding, and went on to acquire PPGCL, the company formed by the State for the purpose.

The order, a testimony to the confidence reposed by independent power producers (IPPs) in BHEL’s capabilities, reinforced its leadership status in the execution of thermal power projects involving supply of state-of-the-art equipment, suited to domestic coal and conditions, the release said.

BHEL’s scope of work envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines, generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries, besides state-of-the-art controls and instrumentation (C&I). Supercritical technology ensures lower coal consumption, minimum emission, and eco-friendly and efficient power generation. BHEL has been promoting joint venture companies to build, own and operate supercritical thermal power plants in association with state utilities like TNEB, KPCL and Mahagenco.

BHEL has upgraded its technology base from sub-critical sets to supercritical sets of 660/800 MW and above.

The company has ongoing collaboration agreements with Alstom, France and Siemens, Germany, with a technology transfer arrangement. This will enable the country to be self-reliant in the field of supercritical thermal power plants, it said.

BHEL has reaffirmed its commitment to the power sector by equipping itself for the future, by way of technology, facilities and trained manpower to meet the country’s power forecast for the 11th Plan and beyond.

For this, it has already enhanced its manufacturing capacity to 10,000 MW per annum and is further augmenting it to 15,000 MW per annum which is proceeding apace and plans are afoot to hike it further to 20,000 MW by 2011-12., the release said.

SOURCE:  THE HINDU

BHEL plans to focus on company-wide improvements

 

BHEL - TRICHY

BHEL - TRICHY

Leadership in product quality is the most important requirement for any company to satisfy its customers and to achieve market leadership, said A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Tiruchi, here on Monday.

Inaugurating the Quality Month activities at a function held at the BHEL, Mr. Krishnan, said that in keeping with the theme ‘Striving for leadership in product quality for customer success,’ the BHEL, Tiruchi would focus on bringing about company-wide improvements that would directly impact the quality of products and services that ultimately reached customers and other stakeholders.

Addressing general managers, employees’ representatives and other senior officials after administering them the BHEL quality pledge, Mr. Krishnan said that Quality Month activities had to go beyond re-dedication of all employees to the quality movement. He called upon all departments to rejuvenate the BHEL’s commitment to quality during the month by identifying and launching at least one initiative in their respective areas that would enhance the satisfaction of stakeholders with the BHEL’s products and services so that by the end of the month, these initiatives would be integrated into day-to-day operations of the company. All employees took the pledge at their work stations.

Earlier, Mr. Krishnan along with representatives of participative unions, supervisory and executive associations and two senior most employees of the BHEL, Tiruchi – N.P. Murugesan, Additional Engineer (Grade-II)/Operation, Planning & Control (Fossil Boilers), and A. Ezhilarasu, Senior Deputy general manager/Purchase (Valves) – inaugurated the Quality Month observed every year during the month of November.

SOURCE : THE HINDU

 

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