BHEL's growth has been synchronous with achieving self-sufficiency in the indigenous manufacturing of heavy electrical equipment. Out of the available 35,000 MW per annum capacity for power plant equipment manufacturing in the country, BHEL alone constitutes a mammoth 20,000 MW per annum capacity. A widespread network of 17 Manufacturing Divisions, 2 Repair Units, 4 Regional Offices, 8 Service Centres, 4 Overseas Offices, 6 Joint Ventures, 15 Regional Marketing Centres and current project execution at more than 150 project sites across India and abroad corroborates the humungous scale and size of its operations.
In FY 2016-17, the company commissioned/synchronized 8,539 MW of power generating equipment. With this, the company’s global installed power generating capacity has gone up to 178 GW. Notably, enhanced focus on project execution has resulted in BHEL achieving a capacity addition of 45,274 MW during the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17), surpassing the target of 41,661 MW set by the government for BHEL, by 9%. With this, BHEL continues to remain the single largest contributor to the country’s power generation capacity addition.
During the year, BHEL-built thermal power generating sets generated an all-time high 549 Billion Units of electricity which was 58.2% of the total thermal power generated in the country.
BHEL also has a widespread overseas footprint in 82 countries across all the six continents with cumulative overseas installed capacity of BHEL manufactured power plants nearing 10,000 MW including Belarus, Bhutan, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Rwanda, Sudan, Tajikistan and UAE. A major highlight of the year was the largest ever export order, valued at US$1.5 billion (Rs.10,000 Crore), for setting up 1,320 MW (2x660 MW) Maitree Super Thermal Power Project in Bangladesh. Significantly, won against stiff international competitive bidding, this is BHEL’s largest power project order in the international market.
Leveraging its experience of over three decades in Solar PV (SPV), the company is capitalising on emerging opportunities in the segment. During the year, BHEL set a new record in its Solar PV business, by supplying 176 MW of SPV modules in a single year, marking a significant contribution to the nation’s green initiatives.
The high level of quality & reliability of BHEL products is due to adherence to international standards by acquiring and adapting some of the best technologies from leading companies in the world, together with technologies developed in its own R&D centres. BHEL divisions like Manufacturing units, Engineering centres and Business Sectors like Power Sector, Industry sector, International Operations are accredited to Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001). Major Manufacturing units and Power Sector Regions are also accredited to Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001).
BHEL's greatest strength is its highly skilled and committed workforce of around 39,821 employees that have been the cornerstone of BHEL's journey ensuring success. Excellence of the company and its people has been recognised at various national and international platforms. ‘Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in India’, ‘Prime Minister’s Shram Awards’, ‘Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars’, ‘National Safety Award’ and, recognition by Hon’ble Prime Minister for contribution in skill development are a few notable ones.
Further, the concept of sustainable development is inculcated in the DNA of BHEL which is evident from its mission statement-"providing sustainable business solutions in the fields of energy, industry and infrastructure". As part of this, focus is on creating new verticals within the company to capitalize on the massive infrastructure spending by the Govt. of India, with a special focus on sustainable energy development by offering EPC solutions in solar and environment-friendly supercritical technology in the thermal sector, besides transportation, defence and other industrial products to drive the next wave of growth.