Construction World - Indian Edition | April 2009

Power Update

Two power plants planned in Tuticorin
Two companies are planning to set up power plants in Tuticorin. The first one will be set up by NLC Tamil Nadu Power, a joint venture of Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and
Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. The Rs 4,910-crore, 1,000-MW thermal power plant will have a debt-equity mix of 70:30. The entire debt of Rs 3,437 crore will be provided
by Rural Electrification Corporation, a Government of India under-taking; while BHEL will supply the boiler, turbine and generator for Rs 3,196 crore.

The 1,200-MW second plant will be set up by Coastal Energen with Chinese equipment, at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore. The project will inc-lude two cooling towers, gas-insulated switchgear of 400 kva capacities and a desalination plant for water supply.
Contact:Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.
Tel: 044-2836 4613. Fax: 044-2836 4625.

PGCIL plans three transmission projects
Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) is planning to execute three transmission projects across India. The state-run power transmission company's board recently approved investments worth Rs 11,130 crore for an inter-regional grid connector project, Rs 276 crore for a transmission project related to the 500 MW Korba-III power station in Chhattisgarh and an unspecified amount for a regional grid project in South India.
Contact: Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
Tel: 0124-257 1700.

GMR Group to set up power plants
GMR Group, which recently acquired two coalfields in Indonesia and South Africa, plans to set up power plants in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. The
company is currently setting up a 1,050-MW Kamalanga plant in Orissa.
GMR Energy Ltd recently acquired 33.50 per cent in Homeland Energy Group Ltd - which owns Homeland Mining and Energy SA (Pty) Ltd, South Africa. The deal gave GMR access to the coal mines being developed by Homeland Energy in South Africa. GMR also bought PT Barasentosa Lestari in Indonesia with a 30-year mining licence for 100 mn tonne coal mines there. The company has a capacity of 6,500 MW, out of which 824 MW is in India. Besides, it has licenses for 3,000 MW more capacity.
Contact: GMR Group.
Tel: 080-4043 2000. Fax: 080-4043 2180.

NTPC targets 75,000 MW by 2017
NTPC which currently has
29,894 MW of installed capacity, has targeted 75,000 MW capacity by 2017. The company recently launched a 1,320-MW thermal power project at Solapur. The Rs 10,000-crore project will be developed on 1,700 acre. The company will use ‘super critical technology’ for the project, which ensures about 5-10 per cent reduction in CO2 emission as well as reduction in coal consumption. It will consume an estimated 7.5 mtpa of coal. The project will be commissioned in 2013.
Contact: NTPC Ltd. E-mail: Website:

Suzlon to install solar panels
Suzlon Energy Ltd, which recently installed 20 solar power panels at its wind farm in Nashik, plans to install more such panels at its various sites across India. These photo-voltaic panels are provided by Tata BP Solar. They are equivalent to approximately 10 kva diesel generator set and run for 20 hours a day. They supply power to the site office as well as the project yard and are likely to incur an annual operation and maintenance cost of Rs 4 lakh. The cost of solar panels and installations will be around Rs 4.5 lakh.
Contact: Suzlon Energy Ltd.
Tel: 022-6723 3400. Fax: 022-663 9326.

BHEL to set up unit in TN
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd is setting up a manufacturing unit at Tirumayam in Tamil Nadu with an initial investment of Rs 250 crore. The facility will initially produce boiler components. It will provide direct employment to about 750 persons and indirect employment to about 3,000 people and achieve an annual turnover of about Rs 500 crore. It will also help the company to meet the national power targets during the Eleventh and Twelfth Plan periods.
Contact: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
Tel: 011-2600 1010. Fax: 011-2649 3021.
E-mail: Website:

Gridco to buy power
Grid Corporation of Orissa Ltd (Gridco) plans to purchase about 400-500 MW of surplus power from the captive power plants to ensure uninterrupted supply of power to the consumers and tide over any possible shortage of power in the state over the next four months. The company also had entered into an MoU with Power Trading Corporation (PTC) for supply of 150 MW of power per day. This power will be sourced from New Delhi Power Ltd through the power banking system, while PTC will act as the executing agency.
Contact: Grid Corporation of Orissa Ltd
Tel: 0674-254 0098. Fax: 0674-254 1904.

Power equipment capacity to reach 43,000 MW by 2015
India’s power equipment manufacturing capacity is likely to increase to around 43,000 MW by 2015 as several companies like Larsen & Toubro, JSW and Reliance are setting up their facilities in partnership with overseas partners. Besides, Chinese companies are also supplying over 20,000 MW capacity of power generation equipment for the current plan period, which ends in 2012. This capacity addition in power equipment will help India to meet its target of over 80,000 MW in the current plan period and 100,000 MW each in the subsequent twelfth and thirteenth five-year plans. It will also lead to upgradation of technology in the equipment sector.

Arani Power to provide complete power generation solutions
Arani Power Systems, which recently inaugurated its Rs 60-crore steam turbine manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh, plans to provide complete power generation solutions from 50 to 660 MW and also offer consultancy services. The company has tiedup with Turboatom of Ukraine for providing technical support for setting up to 1,100 MW units.

The Andhra Pradesh facility, set up for manufacturing 8 MW to 45 MW steam turbines, will cater specifically to requirements of co-generation plants, independent power producers (IPPs) in the sugar, steel, cement, paper industries and biomass based power plants.

Contact: Arani Power Systems.
Tel: 040-2304 0854. Fax: 040-2304 0856.

HAREDA to introduce online
application system.
The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Authority (HAREDA) is planning to introduce online application system to fast track the pending power projects in the state. It has also stated that henceforth only developers having the adequate land should contest for upcoming projects, as most of the pending projects failed to take off due to delay in
land acquisition.

Contact: Haryana Renewable Energy Development Authority,
Tel: 0172-279 0918. Fax: 0172-279 0928.

GMDC signs FSA with KSK Energy
Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) had signed a Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with KSK Energy for setting up a 1,750 MW power plant at the pit head. Under the agreement, GMDC will supply fuel to KSK, which sell power to GMDC, which in turn will sell power to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam.
Contact: GMDC.Tel: 079-2791 3501.
Fax: 079-2791 3038.

BHEL to supply generator
transformers to Adani Power
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) will supply generator transformers for the 1,980-MW Tirora Thermal Power Project of Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd. The company recently won the Rs 81-crore order for design, engineering, manufacture, supply and installation of these generator transformers. The equipment will be manufactured at the company’s Bhopal plant. The supplies will commence in December 2010 and complete by December 2011.
Contact: BHEL .
Tel: 011-2600 1010. Fax: 011-2649 3021.

Govt to add 78,577 MW during Eleventh Plan
The Central Government plans to add 78,577 MW during the XIth
plan period (2007-12). It recently launched a UMPP at Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu. The nodal agency for this UMPP will be PFC Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Finance, while the power transmission and fuel transportation studies will be done by state-run transmission utility PowerGrid Corp and RITES Ltd respectively. The UMPP will be operational during the Twelfth plan period (2012-17).
Contact: Government of India.

IGCAR to expand nuclear capacity
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) is planning to increase the capacity of nuclear power in India from the current 3,900 MWe to 25,000 MWe. The Centre will invest Rs 125,000 crore towards this capacity expansion that will also includesetting of seven nuclear reactors of 338 MWe. These reactors will commence operations by September 2010.
Contact: IGCAR. Tel: 044-274 8024.

MMRDA to foray into power
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to foray into power sector. The authority will primarily develop a Rs 1,000-crore gas-based captive power plant, catering to the industrial consumers in areas like Thane and Belapur. The plant will be operated by Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd.
Tel: 022-2659 0001. Fax: 022-2659 1264.

RPTL to set up 1,500 km transmission line
Reliance Power Transmission (RPTL), a Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) company is planning to set up a 1,500 km transmission line passing through Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka. The company will invest around Rs 1,800 crore in the project that will be complete by 2010. The transmission line will help wheel surplus power from eastern states to the western region.
Contact: Reliance ADA Group.

Power Generation in Mundra to start from April 2009
Adani Power will start power generation from its proposed 4,620 MW thermal power plant at Mundra from April 2009. The Rs 19,106-crore project, slated to be fully commissioned in 2011, will be completed in four phases. Phase-I will comprise two units of 330 MW each to be completed by 2009-10. This will be followed by 2X330 MW in phase-II, while Mundra-III (2X660 MW) and Mundra IV (3X660 MW) are of super critical category and will be completed in 2011.
Contact: Adani Power.
Tel: 079-2555 6927. Fax: 079-2555 7154.

CERC announces new power trading norms
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently announced the new Inter-State Trading Regulation 2009, replacing the current regulation that was introduced in 2004.

Under this regulation, CERC has reduced the number of categories of licences from six to three. It has also stated that henceforth firms can apply for these licences based on their net worth and the amount of electricity proposed to be traded every year and a licensee shall not purchase electricity from the entities defaulting in payment of unscheduled charges, transmission charges and charges of national or state or regional load dispatch centres, if so directed by the CERC. The minimum net worth requirement has also been revised upward from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 5 crore.
This new regulation is aimed at making the terms and conditions for granting trading licence more stringent, keeping in view the current price of trading in power, liquidity needs of power trading business and to encourage only serious players intending to undertake trading business.
Contact: CERC.

VPCSF plans captive
power plant
Vasantdada Patil Co-op Sugar Factory (VPCSF) is planning to set up a 17 MW capacity captive power generation plant based on the agro-waste obtained from sugarcane crushing in the factory with an investment of around Rs 74 crore. This proposed power plant is expected to be operational by March 2010.

OPGC to set up 1,200 MW plant
The Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), a joint venture between the Orissa Government and AES, is planning to set up 1200 MW plant, comprising two units (unit-3 &4) of 600 MW each, on 2000 acre at the company's IB valley thermal power complex in Jharsuguda district by December 2009. The total investment is estimated to be about Rs 7,500 crore.

NTPC, Nuclear Power Corpn to set up nuclear power plants
NTPC Ltd and Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCIL) are planning to jointly set up nuclear power plants across India in the next eight years. The two companies will invest Rs 15,000 crore in the project. They will initially set up a 2,000-MW nuclear power project, which will be operational by 2017. Reactors for the project will be the indigenously-developed 700X2 MW pressurised heavy water or imported light water reactors that will be sourced either from US, Russia or France. NPCIL will hold the majority 51 per cent equity in the venture; while NTPC will hold the remaining 49 per cent.
Contact: NTPC Ltd. E-mail: Website:

IBEUL to set up 20 MW
biomass power plant
Ind-Barath Energy Utkal Ltd (IBEUL) has proposed to set up a
20 MW biomass power plant at Chiplima near Sambalpur with an investment of Rs 80 crore. The plant will come up on 40 acre and be operational within 18 months of allotment of land by the Orissa Government. Meanwhile, IBEUL has started the leveling work on its 700 MW power plant over 600 acre at Sahajbahal.



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