BHEL bags maiden overseas contract for Mauritius solar plant
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged its maiden overseas turnkey contract for setting up a grid-connected 8 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Mauritius.
BHEL told the media that the company would set up the solar power plant at Tamarind Falls, Henrietta (phase-2), Mauritius, on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.
The contract for the same has been awarded to BHEL by CEB (Green Energy) Co Ltd, Mauritius, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Central Electricity Board (CEB), Government of Mauritius.
The contract agreement for the project has been exchanged between India and Mauritius during the visit of Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar to Mauritius.
The project is funded under the government’s line of credit (LOC) and has been secured by BHEL through a competitive bidding process. The project will be developed by BHEL’s Solar Division, Bengaluru, and International Operations Division, New Delhi.
The solar project awarded to BHEL in Mauritius marks BHEL’s presence in Africa, where it has been active for more than four decades with electricity generation projects of approximately 2,100 MW and equipment supplies in 23 African countries.
Apart from conventional power plants such as thermal, hydro and gas, BHEL has contributed to the development and promotion of solar energy. The company offers EPC solutions for both grid-interactive and off-grid, ground-mounted, rooftop, floating and canal top solar plants. It has a current solar portfolio of more than 1 GW. In addition, BHEL is also manufacturing space-grade solar panels and batteries for space applications.