BHEL Grabs Order for Second Hydroelectric Project in Nepal

One of India’s leading PSUs and the largest engineering enterprise BHEL has won an order for the Electro-Mechanical (EM) works for the 40 MW Rahughat Hydroelectric Project in Nepal.

In the face of stiff competition, the order has been placed on BHEL by the Raghuganga Hydropower Limited (RGHPL), a company 100 per cent owned by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) the sole public power utility in Nepal and owned by the Govt. of Nepal.

With WAPCOS being the project consultants, this is the second successive success for BHEL in the hydroelectric power landscape in Nepal. The project is majority funded by EXIM Bank of India in the form of a soft loan, along with funding from NEA and the Govt. of Nepal.

A press release stated that the order for Rahughat HEP, located in the Raghuganga municipality of Myagdi district of Nepal, envisages design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, and commissioning of the complete electro-mechanical package. This involves the supply of two Vertical Pelton Turbines (20 MW each) along with associated equipment, matching generators, governors, controls & instrumentation, protection system, transformers, 220 KV switchyard and balance of plant (BoP) packages.

Major equipment for the contract will be manufactured and supplied by BHEL’s plants at Bhopal, Jhansi, Rudrapur, and Bengaluru.  Most of the installation activities on-site will be carried out by the company's Power Sector - Northern Region division, Noida.

Prior to this project, BHEL had bagged prestigious order for the largest Hydropower project in Nepal - 900 MW Arun-3 HEP, which is presently under construction. BHEL has been contributing to Nepal’s hydro sector with the commissioning of 2x30 MW hydro generating sets at Kulekhani-I HEP in 1980, followed by the 3x5 MW Devighat Hydro Power Project in 1983, which was successfully renovated, modernized and uprated by BHEL in 2011, the statement said.

The portfolio of the business is over 500 hydroelectric generating sets with an overall capacity of more than 30,000 MW across the world, witnessing BHEL’s dominance in the hydro sector.