BHEL ropes in Spanish company for solar power

Feb 08, 2011 12:00 AM

State-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has signed an agreement with Spain's Abengoa to set up state-of-the-art solar power projects in India.
The agreement was signed in Seville (Spain) by BHEL Chairman and Managing Director B.P. Rao and Abengoa Solar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Santiago Seage, according to an official statement. However, it did not divulge the financial details of the agreement. It will enable both the organisations to leverage their capabilities in offering engineering project contract (EPC) solutions for solar power projects in India, as well as give them the opportunity to explore cooperation on energy projects in other parts of the world. The agreement is significant in the context of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission launched by the government, which aims at the establishment of 20,000 mega watt of solar power generation capacity by 2022.

Through this agreement, BHEL and Abengoa aim to significantly reduce the effects of global warming through the use of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies that harness the energy of the sun for power generation, thereby reducing the consumption of polluting fossil fuels. Apart from the power sector, BHEL also caters to other core sectors like industry, transportation, transmission, oil and gas, defence and renewable energy. The company has a presence in over 70 countries around the globe.
Abengoa is a global organisation with interests in the solar, bio-energy, environmental services and power generation sectors. The group has a major presence in Spain and other European Union countries, the US and Latin America, apart from Africa and Asia.

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