BHEL mulls shipping boilers

July 21st, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 21 (IANS) State-run power equipment major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) Thursday said it is looking at multi-modal transport options, including coastal shipping, to reduce the delivery time of boilers from its Tiruchirapalli unit in Tamil Nadu.

The company is in talks with Karaikal Port, in the union territory of Puducherry, to carry its equipment by sea and also with Indian Railways.

“We are using Karaikal Port for our export shipments. Similarly, we are exploring the options of carrying our boilers and related equipments on ships. As per our plan, we will unload our cargo at Karaikal Port and the port authorities will take care of loading and onward shipment and unloading at the destination,” the firm’s executive director A.V. Krishnan told reporters here.

Tiruchirapalli is around 320 km from Chennai.

According to him, BHEL is executing projects in the eastern region and would like to ship its heavy boilers and other items to Paradip (Orissa) or Haldia (West Bengal) ports.

Already, the power company has shipped equipments for a 4×125 MW gas based power project in Tripura through Bangladesh.

“The roads were not good for carrying the boilers so we decided to explore the sea route. The power equipments were shipped to Bangladesh and from there they were taken to Tripura,” Krishnan said.

He said discussions are on with the Karaikal Port authorities on the pricing aspect.

BHEL has started using railways to carry its boiler and its components booking 40 rakes to supply boilers and related items to its clients in north India.

He said the cost is just one third of road transport freight and it would need around 150 trailers.

“The transport time is also shorter. We can move the goods by rail in six days to Sakthi Nagar (in Uttar Pradesh), whereas by road it would take around 15 days,” Krishnan added.

Speaking about expansion plans, Krishnan said the company’s Tirumayam piping plant in Tamil Nadu, built at an outlay of around Rs.400 crore, will go on stream early next year.

“The capacity expansion at Trichy from 10,000 MW to 15,000 MW is in progress at an outlay of Rs.280 crore and by this December, it will be ready,” Krishnan said.

He said the boiler division has decided to space out its production through out the year, instead of bunching it for the last quarter.

“Our target for this year is to supply 850,000 tonne of fabricated steel components, up from 630,000 tonne achieved last fiscal. We are looking at supplying 40 percent of the order book during the first half of the year and the balance in the second half,” Krishnan said.

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