State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has said that it has secured its maiden overseas turnkey contract for setting up a grid-connected 8 MWac Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Mauritius. In an official statement released on Monday, the PSU said that the solar power plant will be set up by BHEL at Tamarind Falls, Henrietta (Phase II), 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 the Mauritian and Indian sides 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 executed by BHEL’s Solar Business Division, Bengaluru, and International Operations Division, New Delhi. Notably, the solar project awarded to BHEL in Mauritius marks the consolidation of BHEL’s presence in Africa, where it has been active for more than four decades with electricity generation projects (approximately 2,100 MW) and equipment supplies in 23 African countries.
Apart from conventional power plants (thermal, hydro & gas), BHEL has been contributing significantly to the development and promotion of solar energy over the past three decades. BHEL 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.