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Power Mech Projects Secures its Maiden Nuclear Sector Order from BHEL

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Power Mech Projects Limited (PMPL), a Hyderabad-based project & infrastructure company, has secured its first-ever Nuclear sector order, valued at Rs. 563.23 crore, from BHEL – Power Sector Southern Region (BHEL-PSSR). The company shared this information in a stock filing dated 29th May 2024.

PMPL to Execute Works on Units 5&6 of Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant

Power Mech Projects will be working on Turbine island* packages for units 5 and 6 of the Kaiga Atomic Power Project in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

*In a nuclear power plant, turbine island refers to the structure which houses the turbine and associated generator.

Power Mech Projects’ Scope of Work in the Kaiga Nuclear Plant Order

Power Mech Projects’ release mentions that the company will undertake civil, structural, and architectural works for the turbine islands of units 5&6 of Kaiga Atomic Power plant. Each of these turbine islands will house a 700 MW nuclear turbine, which will be fed steam from Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR).

PMPL will construct turbine generator building and allied facilities such as chemical lab, storage tanks, drains, sewage network, pipes and cable bays, cooling water pipes, condenser, and plumbing to name a few.

This project is expected to be completed in 32 months (2 years and 8 months), following which Power Mech Projects will provide a 12-month guarantee as per the contract.

Opportunity to Expand into Nuclear Sector Projects – PMPL CMD

Mr. Sajja Kishore Babu, Chairman and Managing Director of PMPL, mentioned that the company’s order win for works on Kaiga plant is an opportunity to expand into nuclear sector projects. Commenting on this order win, Mr. Babu said, “This historic accomplishment is a testament to PMPL’s proven credibility and continuous track record in managing complex projects, and its ability to meet the stringent quality and safety requirements in the nuclear power industry”. He added that this project win ‘opens another door’ for the company “…in the nuclear power sector”, to contribute to India’s sustainable energy growth.

India Plans to Triple its Nuclear Power Capacity by 2031-32

As per a December 2023 PIB release, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Department of Space and Department of Atomic Energy, mentioned that India’s 2031-32 target for installed nuclear energy capacity is 22,480 MW. This figure is about 3 times the current installed nuclear power capacity of the country, which sits at 7,480 MW.

In terms of contribution to the grid, nuclear power feeds about 1.6% of the country’s power requirement as per June 2023 data from the Ministry of Power. The Government targets to grow this figure to 9% by 2047 as per an IIM Ahmedabad report titled, “Synchronizing energy transitions toward possible net zero for India: Affordable and clean energy for all”.

Mr. Babu, said that attaining these targets would be a “spectacular achievement”. He added, “We are proud and happy playing a part of nuclear power sector’s growth in the country and are confident to undertake more projects that align with our ambitious tradition”.

About Power Mech Projects Ltd.: Hyderabad-based Power Mech Projects Ltd. was founded in 1999 by Mr. S.K Babu. The company provides services such as EPC works, testing, commissioning, Operations, and Maintenance (O&M), overhauling, etc. for projects in the power and non-power sectors. The company reported a top-line of Rs. 4,059.46 crore for FY-24.