POWER UTILITY | Cesar Tordesillas, India

Report: India firms prefer BHEL equipment over Chinese-made

India's brokerages prefer equipment made by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, saying its offerings have an “edge” over rivals from China.


Various reports by different entities have also supported also BHEL.

“BHEL retains the edge over the Chinese of a five per cent better heat rate, PLF and lower auxiliary consumption. This is reflected in the trust that private IPPs have reposed in BHEL,” global group Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a recent report.

State-owned BHEL synchronised 9,442 Mw of generating equipment last fiscal. This accounted for about 57 per cent and 89 per cent of total thermal and hydro capacity additions in the country.

However, of late, many private players such as Reliance Power have ordered Chinese equipment for their projects including Ultra Mega Power Projects. Meanwhile, against the backdrop of comparisons between equipment supplied by BHEL and the Chinese players, a working group has been set up by the Power Ministry to analyse the performance of the sets from the two entities.

The debate over BHEL and Chinese sets comes at a time when the Indian power sector is projected to see an ambitious capacity addition of over 80,000 Mw in the 12th five-year plan from 2012 to 2017.

Industry sources requesting anonymity said that a major concern with Chinese sets is the lack of asset maintenance by Original Equipment Manufacturers, even during the initial years of operation.

Further, they added, that there are also apprehensions about after sales support and related costs as compared to domestic entities like BHEL. A recent report from JM Financial said that life-cycle cost of BHEL equipment is lower as compared to that of Chinese sets, mainly due to better PLF and lesser operational costs.

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