BHEL commissions 159MW power unit in Iraq

Monday, 27 October 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: India's state-owned engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned a state-of-the-art 159 MW gas turbine, the first power generating unit made operational in post-war Iraq.

"This is the highest rating power plant equipment to have been exported from India as well as the highest rating gas turbine commissioned by BHEL in the overseas market," the company said in a statement Monday.

The unit is part of a 9-billion power project order for four units of 159 MW each bagged by BHEL from General Company Electrical Projects for its Baiji power plant, located 250 km north of Baghdad.

BHEL is in the process of setting up two more units at the Baiji power plant, having commissioned one unit before the war.

The BHEL order was the single largest cleared by the United Nations for any country under the Oil for Food programme, the company stated.

Having carved a niche in the overseas market, BHEL is currently exporting equipment and undertaking projects in over 60 countries.

Source: IANS
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