From a period of struggling for orders not so long ago, Tata Projects is now in a position to pick and choose its projects. Featured here is a photo essay which gives a glimpse of the company’s technology-driven projects that span the spectrum from transportation and smart cities to power and clean water, which have helped it become one of the top three infrastructure companies in India.

One of India’s largest power plants

The 28 billion Krishnapatnam power plant pumps 1,600MW into the state of Andhra Pradesh in India and energises the country’s southern grid. Commissioned by Tata Projects in 2014, it was India’s largest public sector project executed by a single entity. Over the years, Tata Projects has set up power plants of total generating capacity of 5,500MW in India.

The massive Krishnapatnam plant does not use fresh water or discharge contaminated water into the environment. It runs on a mix of recycled sewage water from residential areas and desalinated seawater, and is the second power project of its kind in India to use seawater for its requirements. Tata Projects built state-of-the-art water treatment plants for treating seawater and sewage water individually. This treated water is used for every requirement of the power plant — from the cooling towers to usage as service water for ash-handling systems as well as for the residential requirements of workers living on-site.

Durga and molten steel

She is called Durga and she produces 4,060 tonnes of molten steel every day. In 2013, Tata Projects commissioned what was India’s largest blast furnace at the public sector Rourkela Steel Plant. Built at a cost of 16 billion, the state-of-the-art furnace more than doubled hot metal capacity at this Steel Authority of India-owned plant.

Since 2014, bigger blast furnaces have come up, but Durga remains special. The automated furnace has an enhanced life of 20 years and is equipped with systems such as pulverised coal injection, cast house fume extraction, cast house slag granulation, high top pressure operation coupled with top gas recovery turbine, and conveyor belt charging. The environment-friendly furnace also ensures minimum emissions, recovers waste heat energy to the fullest, and also has a closed-loop cooling system resulting in almost zero water discharge.

Reviving the Dravyavati

The Dravyavati is a rain-fed river that runs through Jaipur. In 2016, Tata Projects won the contract for rejuvenating the river. Project director Colin Batchelor shared his favourite image of the project, which doesn’t show the river or steel or concrete, but the teamwork and physical strength demonstrated by a group of ladies. Point to note: The women are wearing safety equipment under their colourful saris.

12,000km of transmission lines across India

Tata Projects has built transmission lines across the length and breadth of India, winning a reputation for putting up towers under some of the most challenging conditions. The team used the helicrane for the first time in India to put up transmission towers in mountainous Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir.

Also seen here is the 302-km-long 765kV double circuit transmission line from Nellore to Kurnool, one of Tata Projects’ largest transmission and distribution contracts. Worth 6.86 billion, it benefits over 40 million people.

The Dedicated Freight Corridor

Tata Projects had its first experience in constructing a railway when it won the contract for a section of the ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor project, a Government of India initiative that envisages laying new tracks of over 3,000km for efficient cargo movement in eastern, northern and western India. The objective is to separate the freight and passenger train networks in order to speed up movement in both.

Tata Projects, in partnership with Aldesa of Spain, won a part of the 33 billion Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor project. The project involves construction of a 337km double-track line and 14km of single line between Bhaupur and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. The company has brought in automated track laying machines for the job.

Travelling under the city

Huge tunnel boring machines drill the path for the metro deep below the city, while automatically balancing earth pressure above so that buildings are not disturbed. Tata Projects is working on the Mumbai Metro Line 3 project, which passes under the congested neighbourhoods of Prabhadevi, Dadar and Mahim. The project includes design and construction of three underground stations and 11km of associated tunnels.

The highly automated machine was also used to build the Lucknow Metro. Seen here is the team at the point where the Lucknow Metro tunnel was completed.

Water for all

Water is one of the activities under the quality services business of Tata Projects. The vertical’s primary work involves delivering inspection, certification, repair and maintenance, and training services for industry. But it also sets up reverse osmosis water plants across India under a social business model that allows villagers to access potable water while generating income for small entrepreneurs. About 2,000 of these plants have been set up across the length and breadth of India.

Going International

Tata Projects has been working outside India for a number of years. Seen here is a chemical storage terminal and integrated process block for 100,000MTPA distillation units of petrochemicals built in Sharjah, UAE. Other important projects include:

  • Safe routing of safety valve at Ruwais and the Abu Dhabi Refinery Project, UAE
  • EPC contract for the aviation fuel depot at Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Construction of 500 kV transmission line from Roi Et to Chaiyaphum in Thailand
  • 400kV DC transmission line from Dhalkebar to Bhittamod for Power Transmission Company, Nepal
  • 132kV SC transmission line for Kenya Power

Smart Lights in Pune

The Pune Street Light Project is the first of its kind in India and was set up under the public-private partnership model. Tata Projects’ role is to design and set up high-impact energy-efficient street lights which can be remote controlled through a SCADA system. The project is among the first of Tata Projects’ wins under the Smart Cities initiative.