Projects Info | 10-16 August, 2009

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Adani Power Ltd’s Mundra Plant
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Adani Power Ltd (Adani Power), an ancillary of the Adani Group, has commissioned and synchronised its first unit of 330 mw at Mundra on May 24, 2009. The power plant, the first by the leading private group, has a capacity of 4,620 mw, consisting four turbines of 330 mw each and five turbines of 660 mw each. The Rs 19,106 crore project is expected to be fully commissioned by the end of 2011. Adani Power is prepared to produce 330 mw out of 4,620 mw total capacity in the Mundra power facility. The power station will reach completion by the end of 2012. Adani Power has already entered into power purchase agreements with the Gujarat administration. In later phases, the plant will supply power to Rajasthan, Haryana and Maharashtra. For removal of power from Mundra power plant, Adani Power has established a 413 km, 400 kV dedicated transmission line. Siemens AG has been awarded a contract to establish this transmission line. China has supplied the equipment and technology for the project. At least 10,000 workers including laborers have been hired at the project site, with Chinese workers representing 10 per cent. Adani Power’s goal in the next five years is to achieve 9000 mw power generation with a 100 per cent growth inputs in each stage. APL is presently executing 400 KV D/C transmission line of about 431 KM distance from Mundra to Dehgam. APL is also executing ±500 KV Bi-Pole HVDC transmission line of about 800 KM distance from Mundra to Haryana for transmitting 2500 mw.

 

OVERVIEW
Short of capacity and starved of finance, India’s power sector will drive capital-raising in the country as operators embark on an expansion drive. While India has made progress in expanding its roads and port facilities and improving its airports, development in the power sector has lagged and the country suffers from a peak hour power deficit of more than 10 per cent, with blackouts frequent in some areas. The Plan Outlay of the Ministry of Power for the year 2008-09 is Rs 40460.10 crore, which includes Internal Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR) of CPSUs amounting to Rs 34460.10 crore and Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs 6000 crore. The Net Non Plan outlay of the Ministry of Power for the year 2008-09 is Rs 75 crore. As part of the fiscal stimulus package announced by the Government, it has restructured the Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (APDRP) and the Steering Committee on Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) approved projects for 423 towns in the States of Gujarat, Punjab, Tamilnadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The estimated cost of these projects is Rs 1614.23 crore. Prior to these, 599 projects at the cost of Rs 1947.70 crore were approved for thirteen states. Monitoring at the appropriate levels is necessary to ensure that bottlenecks are cleared for the projects under construction. Separate strategies need to be adopted for central, state and private sector projects. The increase in construction activity in the power and infrastructure sectors need to be met with the availability of requisite professionals, skilled workers, semi-skilled workers and labour. Shortage of manpower in the power sector is acute at the skilled and semi-skilled worker levels. Targeted vocational courses can be introduced through the Industrial Training Institutes and similar institutions to bridge this gap. Large scale construction activities like power projects need to be supported by infrastructure like roads, bridges and ports as hindrances in transporting bulky equipment to project sites is also a cause for concern. For both private and public sectors, the biggest roadblock is land acquisition for power and coal mine projects. The government has to be more proactive in this regard.

 

TOP PLAYERS
Adani Power Ltd (APL)
Adani Power Ltd (APL), a member of $ 4.6 billion Adani Group, is a major player in the power sector of India The company’s operations in the power sector mainly comprises power trading, coal trading and power generation. The major power projects by Adani Power include 2640 mw coal based thermal power project at Mundra and 1320 mw coal based thermal power project at Tiroda.

Tata Power Co Ltd
Incorporated in 1919, Tata Power is India’s largest private sector power utility company with an installed power generation capacity of above 2300 mw. Tata Power also extends its expertise for setting up Independent Power Plants (IPP); setting up Captive Power Plants (CPP); power transmission and distribution projects; operation and maintenance services (O&M Services); erection, testing, commissioning and trial operations; power plant / utility operations management and plant operators training.

Reliance Power Ltd
Reliance Power Ltd is at present engaged in developing 16 large and medium sized power projects with a combined planned installed capacity of 33,480 mw on its own and through subsidiaries. The sixteen projects by the company are based in different locations are of different fuel type. They include seven coal-fired projects (18,580 mw), two gas-fired projects (10,280 mw) and seven hydroelectric projects (4,620 mw). The company is involved with several significant projects including three Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP).

Lanco Infratech Ltd
Lanco Infratech Ltd, established in 1993 in India, is one of the leading organisations in power generation. Lanco has operational and under execution projects amounting to over 8000 mw. The company has undertaken wind-turbine manufacturing and project development activities in India, Europe and the Americas.

National Thermal Corporation of India (NTPC)
Set up in 1975 to accelerate power development in India, NTPC is India’s largest power company and also the 4th largest power generating company in Asia apart from being the largest power utility in the country. With a current generating capacity of 30,644 mw, NTPC also has plans to become a 75,000 mw company by 2017. The company by 2017, intends to diversify its fuel mix which would comprise coal based capacity of around 53000 mw, 10000 mw through gas, 9000 mw through Hydro generation, about 2000 mw from nuclear sources and around 1000 mw from Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

Bharat Heavy Electricals
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) is one of the biggest engineering and manufacturing company in India, which is particularly very active in the energy-related infrastructure sector. BHEL produces more than 180 products under 30 main product groups and supply to core sectors of the Indian Economy such as power generation and transmission, industry, transportation, telecommunication, renewable energy, etc.

Alstom
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom buildsthe fastest train and the highestcapacity automated metro in the world, and provides turnkey integratedpower plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear,gas, coal and wind. Alstom offers a composite range of equipment and services related to power generation for utilities and industrial users, transportation systems covering traction, signaling and train control for the railways and energy managementfor a variety of industries. Alstom Projects India Ltd has a turnover ofRs 1547 crore.

GE Energy
GE installed India’s first hydropower plant in 1902. GE’s revenues in India are approximately US $ 2.8 billion. It exports over $1 billion in products and services. Employment across India exceeds 14,500. Based in Wilmington, NC, GEH is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.

“We will not stop at our current projects. We plan to use the extra funds for our future expansion plans. We aim to be a 20,000 mw company by 2020.” 
Gautam Adani,
Chairman and Promoter, Adani group

 


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