(EnergyAsia, July 31 2013, Wednesday) — Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) said it has received an order for core components of two sets of a 660MW supercritical-pressure coal-fired boiler and steam turbine to be installed in two high-efficiency coal-fired power generation units in northern India.

Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (RRVUNL) is building the units at its Chhabra thermal power station at Chhabra, located 300 km south-southwest from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan state. The two generation units are expected to start commercial operation in 2016.

The order was placed by L&T-MHI Boilers Private Limited (LMB) and L&T-MHI Turbine Generators Private Limited (LMTG) which are responsible for the manufacture and supply of boilers and turbine generators. Both joint venture companies were established in 2007 by MHI and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), India’s largest construction company and heavy machinery manufacturer.

MHI said it will manufacture the core components of the boilers and turbines, for boiler pressure parts and steam turbine rotors, and supply them to the two JV firms. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will supply the core generator components to LMTG while Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp will handle trade particulars.

RRVUNL was launched in July 2000 when the Rajasthan state government split the Rajasthan State Electricity Board into five companies, including RRVUNL which is also building 250MW power generation units to meet Rajasthan’s rising electricity demand.

To date, MHI said it has received orders through the JVs for a total of 13 supercritical-pressure boilers for five power stations and 15 steam turbines for six sites.

The Japanese firm said it will continue to actively market its high-efficiency supercritical-pressure boilers and turbines in India together with its two JVs and L&T.