India’s state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned second 520MW unit at Vizag thermal power project located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, marking a significant milestone in the capacity addition program of the country.

The coal-based thermal power unit has been commissioned at the 2x520MW power project, which is owned by Hinduja National Power Company (HNPCL). The project is located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

The commissioning is part of engineering, procurement and construction contract awarded to the company earlier.

The Vizag thermal power project uses single flow condenser and sea water as main cooling water.

Bhel said that the project construction and commissioning of the two units was delayed due to the Hudhud cyclone in 2014.

The company has already delivered and commissioned four 500MW thermal sets at Simhadri super thermal power station of NTPC in Vizag.

Recently, Bhel was selected to build 800MW thermal power generation sets for two supercritical power projects in Andhra Pradesh.

The projects include 800MW Dr Narla Tata Rao thermal power station stage-V of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO) as well as the 800MW Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah thermal power station stage-II of Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company Ltd. (APPDCL).