Vol. 6 | Issue 5 | Aug 2012
BHEL – ‘Powering Progress, Brightening Lives’
BHARAT Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) was conceived with a vision to make India self-reliant in the manufacturing of power plant equipment and to change the face of industrial development in India. Today, BHEL is the largest engineering enterprise of its kind in India and one of the foremost companies in the international power arena.
BHEL is an integrated power plant equipment manufacturer, engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, construction, testing, commissioning and servicing of a wide range of products and services in the power and industry segments. BHEL has become an icon of an incredible success story and is today a multi-product company offering over 180 state-of-the-art products under one umbrella. While the core competence of BHEL is in the power sector, it has established the technological infrastructure to cater to other core sectors also like; Industry, Transportation, Transmission, Oil & Gas, Defence and Renewable Energy. Its diverse manufacturing base supported by contemporary and unique manufacturing facilities gives it a competitive edge.
BHEL has 15 manufacturing divisions, two repair units, four regional offices, eight service centres and 15 regional centres and currently operates at more than 100 project sites across India and abroad. It also has a Corporate R&D centre at Hyderabad and product-based R&D centres at all its manufacturing units. Accreditations like ISO-9000, ISO-14001 and OHSAS-18001 have given the company international recognition for its unwavering commitment towards quality and environmental management.
Since its establishment in 1964, BHEL has been at the forefront of India’s indigenous heavy electrical equipment industry with a sustained track record of earning profits since 1971-72 and paying dividends since 1976-77.
In its power segment operations, BHEL has the capability to deliver power generation equipment of 20,000 MW per year. BHEL has been committed to the nation’s power development programme and has reaffirmed its commitment to the Indian Power Sector by equipping itself by way of contemporary technology, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and skilled technical manpower.
BHEL has fully established state-of-the-art technology for manufacture of thermal sets up to 600 MW rating in the sub-critical range and has the capability to manufacture sets up to 1,000 MW rating. The company has also equipped itself to produce 660 MW / 700 MW / 800 MW thermal sets with supercritical parameters, and is shoring up its capability for higher rating Hydro sets and advanced class Gas Turbines to cater to upcoming market requirements.
During the XI Plan period BHEL commissioned 25,385 MW of Utility sets against 13,613 MW achieved in X Plan period. The installed capacity of BHEL supplied Utility sets went past the One Lakh MW mark totaling to 1,06,202 MW and BHEL maintained its lion’s share in the country’s total installed capacity of 1,80,413 MW.
BHEL invests a substantial amount of funds on research and development to develop new and better products that address the needs of customers and the markets in which it operates. BHEL’s innovativeness was recently recognised by ‘Forbes’ magazine, which ranked it as the 9th most innovative company in the world.
In 2011-12, BHEL filed the highest-ever 351 patents and copyrights in a year, enhancing the company’s intellectual capital to 1786 patents and copyrights filed, which are in productive use. In order to facilitate advanced R&D activities in focused areas with state-of-the-art facilities and specialized manpower, BHEL has established 13 Centers of Excellence.
BHEL has also carved a niche for itself in the global market, having marked its presence in all the six continents of the world. The company is truly India’s industrial ambassador to the world, having supplied products, services and projects to more than 70 countries, from the United States in the West to New Zealand in the Far East. g