L&T-MHPS Boilers (LMB) has received Rs38.6bn ($576.9m) contract from India’s Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power (NUPPL) to provide equipment for the proposed 1980MW coal-based thermal power plant in the country’s northern state.

LMB is a joint venture between Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS).

Under the contract, LMB will be responsible for design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of the three units, each with having a capacity of 660MW, of the Ghatampur thermal power project which is planned to be built in Ghatampur Tehsil, Uttar Pradesh.

The contract scope also includes steam generator and auxiliaries package for NUPP.

The power plant is owned by the NUPPL, a joint venture between Neyveli Lignite with 51% stake and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam with 49% interest.

L&T Power CEO and managing director Shailendra Roy said: “This is a prestigious order from NUPPL for supercritical steam generators, with state-of-the-art equipment meeting new emission norms. LMB will meet the project schedule with best endeavours and resources conforming to international quality standards.”

The deal follows recent approval from the Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for the development of the Ghatampur thermal power project (GTPC).

Estimated to cost Rs172bn ($2.5bn), the power plant will source coal from the Pachwara South coal block in Jharkhand which was allowed by the Indian Ministry of Coal.

The project’s unit I, II and III are scheduled to be commissioned in 52 months, 58 months and 64 months respectively from the start of construction work.

Power generated from the power plant will be primarily supplied to Uttar Pradesh.

L&T-MHPS Boilers currently operates a manufacturing facility at Hazira in the state of Gujarat for production of pressure parts and pulverisers for super critical boilers.

Image: The proposed Ghatampur thermal power project will source coal from the Pachwara South coal block in Jharkhand, India. Photo: courtesy of dan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.