Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned a 250MW lignite power plant that is based on eco-friendly Circulating Fluidised Bed Combustion (CFBC) technology.

The plant is the second unit to be commissioned at Bhavnagar Energy Company’s (BECL) 2 of 250MW thermal power project, which is located at Padva village in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat.

The first unit of the project has been commissioned in last May. BHEL claims that the CFBC is an environment-friendly technology which will put to use India’s large resource of low grade, high moisture lignite.

BHEL is responsible for engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of four units of India’s largest capacity CFBC boilers with 250MW rating, including the two installed units in Bhavnagar.

As per BHEL contract, its scope included design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the boilers, steam turbines and generators along with the auxiliaries, electricals and state-of-the-art controls & instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs).

Before this, in the state of Gujarat, BHEL commissioned 4 of 125MW units at the Suart Lignite Power project in the district of Surat. These units were also based on CFBC technology.

The company stated that CFBC boilers have fuel flexibility and they can burn a wide variety of fuels including lignite, in an efficient and high environmentally friendly manner with low pollutants emissions.

Recently, BHEL also commissioned a 250MW unit at the upcoming Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station (TPS) in the northeastern state of Assam.

The company is commissioning the main plant package contract for setting up three coal-fired units of 250MW at the TPS owned by NTPC.