BHEL commissions first renovated unit of 3X60 MW Baira Siul Hydro Project
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully renovated and modernised one unit of the 3×60 MW Baira Siul Hydro Power in Himachal Pradesh. Notably, Baira Siul is the first hydro station of NHPC Ltd to have been taken up for comprehensive Renovation & Modernisation (R&M). Significantly, BHEL won the order for R&M of three units of the Baira Siul Hydro Power Station located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, amidst stiff competitive bidding. R&M of the other two units is under various stages of execution.
BHEL’s scope in the project comprises design, manufacture, supply, replacement and commissioning of critical parts of Turbines & auxiliaries, Governors, Generators and Control & Monitoring. The equipment has been supplied from BHEL’s manufacturing units at Bhopal, Bengaluru and Jhansi, while the on-site installation activities were carried out by the company’s Power Sector – Northern Region division, Noida. R&M of the project will result in restoration of output capacity and improvement in efficiency, in addition to leading to better plant availability and life extension of equipment. Significantly, the capacity of the turbine for each unit is designed for a rated output of 60 MW at reduced rated head of 238.1 metres. The turbines installed in 1980-81 were designed for a rated head of 260 metres.