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BHEL to commission India's first CFBC project in 2011

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A .V. Krishnan, BHEL Executive Director.

TIRUCHI: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will commission the country's largest Circulating Fluidised Bed Combustion (CFBC) Power Project of 250 MW capacity for the Neyveli Lignite Corporation in 2011.

The Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi, A.V.Krishnan disclosed this at the inaugural session of the third FBC and HRSG (Heat Recovery Steam Generator) Customer Meet in Kolkata recently, according to a BHEL press release issued here.

The CFBC market has grown owing to the absence of certainty on the availability of the same quality of fuels during the life of a plant and robust design and fuel flexibility to accommodate a range of fuels with differing moisture and calorific values, Mr. Krishnan said in his keynote address. The BHEL, Tiruchi, has so far supplied 80 to 90 Bubbling FBCs and six CFBC boilers, including exports made to Indonesia and New Calidonia ( a French island). BHEL was also into expanding the market of HRSGs by large size HRSGs behind Frame 9 FA and 9 FB, Mr. Krishnan said.

A K Mathur, Executive Director, Tata Projects, in his special address, said the CFBC boilers had environmental advantages, in the wake of strict emission requirements, and more fuel options when compared to the conventional ones. With availability of more gas in Godavari basin, the gas turbine market is heating up throwing more opportunities for growth of HRSG market, Mr. Mathur said, and was hopeful of BHEL installing higher capacity Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plants in the interest of the Nation. He also desired that BHEL attempted at the supercritical CFBCs.

M Karunakara Reddy, General Manager In-charge, Engineering, FBC and HRSG, Tiruchi, said the purpose of the meet was to elicit a comprehensive feedback from customers and inform them of the latest technological advancements of the products.

Over 60 participants from various organisations attended the meet.

PT Adaro, Indonesia, had two sessions devoted to FBC Boilers and HRSGs. M.Vijayawargiya, Executive Director, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Paradip Refinery was the Chief Guest for the HRSG session. Frank Leuschke, Lentjes, BHEL's technical partner made a presentation on CFBC boilers.

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