Thermax recently bagged two orders worth Rs. 672 crore to set up captive power plants at two cement units in Africa. The first order is for a 3 x 25 MW plant in Tanzania; and the other for a 3 x 30 MW plant in Nigeria. Won against stiff global competition, the orders are testimony to the growing relationship between Thermax and one of Africa’s leading business conglomerate with interests in cement, sugar, steel, salt, logistics and real estate.

The scope of work for both plants includes system design, manufacture, supply and supervision of erection and commissioning. The plants, to be commissioned within a time frame of 15-16 months, will utilize the latest generation AFBC (Atmospheric Fluidised Bed Combustion) boilers and high pressure steam cycle to facilitate optimal plant efficiency. State-of-the-art air-cooled condensers will ensure low water intake by the power plants.

“Our project business ventured into Africa two years ago. It is encouraging to have already gained the trust of our customers,” says M.S. Unnikrishnan, MD and CEO of Thermax.

The new orders come in the wake of an earlier order that Thermax Power won in 2012 from the same business house for a 30 MW power plant in Zambia.

Besides Power, Thermax has been supporting the African market with other solutions like boiler and heater services and water and waste water treatment.

B&H Services is tackling boiler related issues at their sugar unit and refinery in Nigeria. Through a host of services that include piping design at the refinery at Apapa and revamp of boilers at the sugar unit in Savannah, the Thermax team is working to ensure uninterrupted operations at the facilities.

At the customer’s cement plants in Nigeria and Tanzania, Thermax is also installing water treatment systems and an effluent treatment plant.

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