Capital goods maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order worth Rs 5,600 crore by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to build a 1,600 MW coal-based power plant in the state. 

The coal-based thermal power project would also have super-critical parameters, involving two units of the country's highest rating 800 MW sets, the company said in a statement. The project would reportedly be commissioned by September 2019. The new plant will provide the people of the state an easy access to electricity.

"Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa handed over the letter of award (LoA) for setting up of the main plant package for the 2X800 MW Uppur super-critical thermal power project to BHEL Chairman and Managing Director Atul Sobti in Chennai," the press release said.

The project will be set up in Uppur, located in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.

This is the second time BHEL has bagged an award from the Tamil Nadu corporation in less than a month, earlier the company bagged another 1X800 MW super-critical TPP to be built in Chennai.

BHEL's scope of work for the current contract involves design, manufacturing, engineering, supply and civil works for the main plant package. BHEL has an 83 percent share in TANGEDCO's coal-based generating capacity.

"Equipments for the order will be manufactured in the company's Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Hydreabad, Ranipet, Jhansi and Bangalore plant. Its southern region would be responsible for the commissioning of the equipment," the press release added.