Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited | BHEL

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited BHEL is India’s largest engineering and manufacturing enterprise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Established in 1964, we are a leading power equipment manufacturer globally and one of the earliest and leading contributors towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd Profile

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited serve customers with a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems and services to its customers in the areas of

• Power- thermal, hydro, gas, nuclear, and solar PV
• Transmission
Defence & Aerospace
• Oil & Gas
• Energy Storage
• Water

Right from developing country’s power generation capacity to creating multiple capabilities in country’s core industrial & strategic sectors, BHEL is deeply aligned to the vision of a self-reliant India.

Consistent expenditure of more than 2.5% of its revenue on R&D and innovation; establishment of world-class assets, development and absorption of new technologies; and creating sustainable business solutions and contribution to the society at large through
initiatives in skilling youth, health & hygiene, education, cleanliness and environment protection.

  • Employees: 32,000
  • India’s largest engineering & manufacturing enterprise
  • The second largest employer in the Indian Capital Goods industry

The largest contributor to country’s total installed conventional generation capacity with 53% share. Present pan India: 16 manufacturing units; 8 service centres.

BHEL has a widespread footprint in all the inhabited continents of the world with references in 86 countries including the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal, Indonesia, Oman, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, United States and New Zealand.

Power Sector

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd BHEL manufactures a wide range of high quality & reliable products adhering to national and international standards. The worldwide installed base of power generating equipment supplied by BHEL exceeds 193 GW, making it the undisputed leader amongst Indian power plant equipment manufacturers.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd pan-India presence includes a network of

  • 16 manufacturing facilities,
  • 2 repair units,
  • 4 regional offices,
  • 8 service centres,
  • 1 subsidiary,
  • 3 active joint ventures,
  • 15 regional marketing centres,
  • 3 overseas offices and current project execution at more than 150 project sites across India and abroad.

Heavy Electricals Ltd Having installed more than 1000 thermal, hydro, nuclear, gas and solar PV based power generating sets in the country, company is now building strong foundations for cleaner and greener energy usage in future with development of critical technologies such as AUSC and coal to methanol.

BHEL is one of the few companies in the world having the capability to manufacture the entire range of power plant equipment, with proven capabilities for executing thermal,
gas, hydro and nuclear power projects. Offerings include:

  • Steam turbines, generators, boilers and matching auxiliaries for fossil-fuel applications upto 1000 MW unit size
  • Emission control equipment including Flue Gas Desulphurisation systems for SOx emission control, high efficiency Electrostatic Precipitators for particulate emission control, and Boiler modification and Selective Catalytic Reduction systems for NOx emission control
  • Gas turbines and generators upto 299 MW unit size
  • Hydro turbines and generators up to 400 MW unit size
  • 220/235/540/700MWe nuclear turbine generator sets
  • Plant performance improvement through renovation, modernization, uprating, residual life assessment, health diagnostics and life extension of plants

BHEL is also a name to reckon with in various sectors of the industry. This is evident from supply of more than half of the traction equipment in locomotives & EMUs of Indian Railways; commissioning of 200+ electric substations and 5 major HVDC projects in the country; being the largest manufacturer and supplier of power transformers and electrical AC machines in the country, and 1.2GW+ solar portfolio spread across the country including ground mounted, rooftop, canal top and floating PV plants, among others.

Heavy Electricals Ltd BHEL plays a crucial role in the strategic sectors of the nation, being the sole Indian supplier for many technology intensive products and systems.

BHEL is the only manufacturer of nuclear steam turbines in the country; the only company associated with all three stages of India’s Nuclear Power programme; a major supplier of critical equipment and services in defence & aerospace sector for over three decades; and a trusted supplier of naval guns to Indian navy for their warships.

Till date, around 11 GW power generating capacity has been installed in overseas markets. An additional 6 GW is under execution, including the 2×660 MW Maitree Super thermal power project in Bangladesh and 4×225 MW Arun-3 Hydroelectric project in Nepal.

BHEL Sectors

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited BHEL’s major offerings for Energy, Industry and Infrastructure sectors include:


IGBT based propulsion equipment (traction converter/auxiliary converter/Vehicle Control Unit), traction transformers for electric Locos and ACEMUs/ MEMUs, EMU coaches,
electric locomotives upto 9000 HP and diesel electric locos upto 3000 HP


EPC solutions from concept to commissioning for grid connected and standalone solar PV applications

Defence & Aerospace

Strategic equipment for Indian defence forces including Super Rapid Gun Mount & Integrated Platform Management System for naval ships, compact heat exchangers, space grade Lithium ion cells, space grade solar panels and space grade batteries, Hot forming of
spacecraft propellant tank, Forming of Titanium Shell/Domes, welding & machining of Titanium sheet and tubes

Energy storage solutions & other business areas

EPC solutions for Electric vehicle charging station including Solar Based EV Charging stations, battery energy storage systems; EPC solutions for railway track electrification; complete water management solutions for power plants, industries and municipal
applications; medical oxygen plants Captive Power & process plants: standalone STGs,
BTG package, GTG, Refinery CPP on EPC basis, UB package, Downstream oil and Gas packages.


EHV substations ranging upto 765 KV, UHV substations and HVDC converter stations
up to ±800KV, power transformers, shunt reactors, vacuum switchgear, gas insulated switchgears, ceramic insulators, Flexible AC Transmission system devices etc.

Industrial products

Oil rigs, wellheads & Xmas tree valves, mechanical packages, fabricated equipment
& boiler feed pumps, compressors & AC machines.

BHEL has been a long standing and reliable partner of Indian Railways offering a wide range of products and propulsion systems for all types of rolling stock.

Indian Railway Supplier

Indian Railway’s first 9000 HP freight locomotive equipped with propulsion system indigenously developed and supplied by BHEL including Traction Converter, Vehicle Control Unit (VCU) and high power Traction Motors has been commissioned during the year.

This loco will be used in Western and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridors, substantially improving the efficiency of Indian Railway’s freight operations.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd also supplied and commissioned 6000HP WAG9H locomotives to Indian Railways With its engineering and product development capabilities, BHEL is fully geared-up to provide innovative solutions to address the upcoming requirements of rail transportation.

Nuclear Power Segment

BHEL has been leading from the front for over four decades in the development of Nation’s Nuclear power segment, with it being the only Indian company to be associated with all the three stages of the Nuclear Power Programme.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd is the only company in India having design and engineering capabilities in TG sets for nuclear applications. 12 Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) out of the total 18 PHWRs operating in the Nation, accounting for 74% of the Nuclear Power capacity are equipped with BHEL supplied Steam Turbine Generator sets (10 units of 220 MWe each and two units of 540 MWe), showcasing BHEL’s contribution in helping attain maturity for the first stage of the Nation’s indigenous Nuclear Power Programme.

BHEL is fully geared up to address the 700 MWe ‘TG Island’ business on ‘EPC’ basis for the upcoming PHWRs which are being procured by NPCIL under Fleet Mode. Emerging as the lowest bidder for the same, BHEL has reaffirmed its leadership in engineering & manufacturing of Nuclear Steam Turbines.

Raveendran R
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