India’s state-owned utility Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned the first 600MW unit at the Singareni thermal power project in Telangana state.

Featuring two units, each with a capacity of 600MW, the Singareni coal-based thermal power plant is being developed by India’s coal mining company Singareni Collieries in Adilabad district in Telangana.

Currently in an advanced stage of construction, the second unit of Singareni power plant is scheduled to be commissioned by Bhel shortly.

The delivery is a part of a contract signed with Singareni Collieries in 2011.

Under the contract, Bhel is responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of steam turbines, generators and boilers.

The contract scope also includes controls and instrumentation and auxiliaries including associated civil work.

In December 2015, Bhel commissioned a 600MW unit at the Kakatiya thermal power plant in Telangana.

Recently, Telangana State Power Generation (TSGENCO) has awarded engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) orders totaling nearly 6GW of thermal power to Bhel.

Around 85% of Telagana’s coal-based power plants have been commissioned by the utility.

Of the total contracted 21 sets of 600MW each, Bhel has commissioned 15 sets till date.

Separately, Bhel has commissioned the second and last 270MW coal-based unit at the Goindwal Sahib thermal power project located in Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district, near Amritsar in the Indian state of Punjab.

The Goindwal Sahib power project is being developed for GVK Power & Infra (GVKPIL).