BHEL Equipments not Inferior to Chinese Equipments
Power plants set up with Chinese equipment have not shown better performance than those using equipments supplied by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
In fact, Chinese supplied equipment have inferior heat rates (efficiencies) and the auxiliaries consume more power than that of BHEL. Secondary fuel oil consumption is also more. The time taken from synchronization to Commercial operation is much more than BHEL equipment. Average Plant Load Factor (PLF) for the last three years of Chinese make units is as low as 68% as compared to BHEL’s 79%. Operational Availability of Chinese make units has also been low as compared to BHEL make units. These facts have been substantiated in the report of visit of CEA/ NTPC team to China in March 2009, independent reports by JM Financials and CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets as well as records available with CEA.
The above information was given by the Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.