SPX Heat Transfer Inc. was awarded a contract of approximately $18 million to design and manufacture 20 feedwater heaters for two new coal-fired power plants being built in Bihar, India.

SPX Heat Transfer Inc. was awarded a contract worth approximately $18 million to design and manufacture 20 feedwater heaters for two new coal-fired power plants being built in Bihar, India.

The agreement was signed by SPX Heat Transfer and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) of India, which has been tasked with the design, engineering, construction and installation of the BARH Phase II Projects, which are being built for Indian energy company National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC). Units 1 and 2 of BARH II will each deliver 660 MW and are scheduled to commission in March 2012 and January 2013, respectively.

"India's energy consumption has been increasing at one of the fastest rates in the world due to population growth and economic development," says Christopher J. Kearney, SPX chairman, president and CEO.

Plans call for SPX Heat Transfer to manufacture the feedwater heaters at its main facility located in Tulsa, Okla., and then ship the units to India.

Announced in 2006, the two-unit 1,320 MW BARH II extension will deliver power mostly to north, west and east India with six 400 KV electrical substations linking BARH to Kahalgaon, Sasaram and Biharsharif. It is expected to be completed by January 2013. The plant uses supercritical steam generation, with water instantly being converted into steam without passing through the boiling phase.

SPX Heat Transfer Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of SPX Corp., Charlotte, N.C.

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