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Bhel to supply Shell gas turbines for five years

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) on Tuesday said that it has inked a five-year pact with global energy major Shell for the supply of gas turbine generator packages.

The state-run power equipment giant will provide gas turbine generator packages to select locations of Shell in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

The two companies have entered into a five-year Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA).'The agreement covers supply of Frame-5 (26 MW), Frame-6B (42 MW) and Frame-9E (126 MW) GTG packages by BHEL for power generation application and includes installation and commissioning services,' BHEL said in a statement. Financial details were not disclosed.

According to the statement, the Enterprise Framework Agreement is consistent with Shell's approach of collaborating with fewer suppliers and 'working with high-potential suppliers from emerging countries who can bring long-term value to the company'.

The gas turbines and associated auxiliaries to be provided under the pact would be manufactured by BHEL's Hyderabad facility. The control systems would be made by the company's Bangalore unit.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd said that the pact with Shell would provide an 'excellent opportunity to extend the spread of the company's gas turbine generator business to many untapped geographies worldwide'.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav reviewed the current status of power projects under execution by Bhel in that state at a meeting Lucknow. At the meeting, it was conveyed by Bhel that of a total of six new units (two each at Harduaganj, Parichha and Anpara), three have already been commissioned by BHEL.

Further, one more unit at Parichha has been ready for commissioning since 30 September and is awaiting replacement of the failed generator transformer (not supplied by Bhel) from UPRVUNL.

For the Anpara-D thermal project at Sonbhadra district, UP, Yadav was appraised of initial delays of commencement of activities from UPRVUNL and specific constraints being faced by Bhel in the execution of this contract. Bhel expressed its concerns and sought cooperation from the UP government to ensure that there are no further delays in the project schedule due to non-availability of ‘aggregates’ for carrying out civil works due to closure of the ‘Dala’ mines and the poor law and order situation at the site.

For renovation and modernisation projects at the Obra, Harduaganj and Parichha thermal stations, it was decided by the chief minister that a joint programme for balance activities should be made to expedite the pending jobs and should be monitored regularly by the Chief Secretary.
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