Forging ahead on a sturdy foundation of over five decades of engineering excellence and embracing the glorious next phase of its growth, BHEL is an integrated power plant equipment manufacturer and one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies of its kind in India engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, construction, testing, commissioning and servicing of a wide range of products and services for core sectors of the economy, viz. power, transmission, industry, transportation (railways), renewable energy, oil & gas, water and defence with over 180 products offerings to meet the needs of these sectors. BHEL has been the bedrock of India’s heavy electrical equipment industry since its incorporation in 1964.
BHEL’s growth has been synchronous with achieving self-sufficiency in the indigenous manufacturing of heavy electrical equipment. Out of the available 35,000 MW per annum capacity for power plant equipment manufacturing in the country, BHEL alone constitutes a mammoth 20,000 MW per annum capacity. A widespread network of 17 manufacturing divisions, 2 repair units, 4 regional offices, 8 service centres, 4 overseas offices, 6 joint ventures, 15 regional marketing centres and current project execution at more than 150 project sites across India and abroad corroborates the humongous scale and size of its operations.
In FY 2016-17, the company commissioned/synchronised 8,539 MW of power generating equipment. With this, the company’s global installed power generating capacity has gone up to 178 GW. Notably, enhanced focus on project execution has resulted in BHEL achieving a capacity addition of 45,274 MW during the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17), surpassing the target of 41,661 MW set by the government for BHEL, by 9 per cent. With this, BHEL continues to remain the single largest contributor to the country’s power generation capacity addition. During the year, BHEL-built thermal power generating sets generated an all-time high 549 billion units of electricity which was 58.2 per cent of the total thermal power generated in the country.
BHEL also has a widespread overseas footprint in 82 countries across all the six continents with cumulative overseas installed capacity of BHEL manufactured power plants nearing 10,000 MW including Belarus, Bhutan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Rwanda, Sudan, Tajikistan and UAE.
Leveraging its experience of over three decades in Solar PV (SPV), the company is capitalising on emerging opportunities in the segment. During the year, BHEL set a new record in its Solar PV business, by supplying 176 MW of SPV modules in a single year, marking a significant contribution to the nation’s green initiatives.
The high level of quality and reliability of BHEL products is due to adherence to international standards by acquiring and adapting some of the best technologies from leading companies in the world, together with technologies developed in its own R&D centres. BHEL divisions like manufacturing units, engineering centres and business sectors like power sector, industry sector, international operations are accredited to quality management systems (ISO 9001). Major manufacturing units and power sector regions are also accredited to Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001).