Category: Generation

November 2, 2015

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) is setting up solar power panels to meet its energy requirements. Solar power panels are being set up on roof tops at Balamrai and Karkhana pump houses in the Cantonment area. While the i  nstalled capacity of the solar power plant at Balamrai is 80 KW, the capacity at Karkhana pump house is 120 KW.

Jojneswar Sharma, Principal Director, Defence Estate, Southern Command, will launch the solar power generation programme taken up by the SCB on Monday. He will inaugurate solar power plants at Balamrai and Karkhana in Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) limits.

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October 29, 2015

NTPC on Thursday posted around 40 per cent increase in net profit at Rs 2,898.28 crore for the second quarter ended on September 30 on account of higher power generation. The state-run company has posted a net profit of Rs 2898.28 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 as compared to Rs 2071.63 crore for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, NTPC Ltd said a BSE filing.  

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October 29, 2015

Public sector giant Coal India Ltd will soon make foray into thermal power generation with its first plant to be set up by subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd in Sundargarh district of Odisha, MCL’s chairman-cum-managing director-designate Anil Kumar Jha said here on Tuesday.

Besides its plans to set up the 1,600MW (2×800) power plant, MCL is gearing up to meet a target of producing 150 million tonnes of coal production during the current fiscal, according to Jha. Currently working as director (production) with Manganese Ore India Ltd (MOIL) he will be relinquishing the post to join as CMD of MCL at its Sambalpur headquarters on November 1.

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October 28, 2015

State-run NTPC’s Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station (VSTPS) will become country’s largest power generating plant on Friday with the commissioning of another 500 MW unit. The unit of Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station (Stage V) will be declared on commercial operation from “00:00 HRS of October 30, 2015”, NTPC Ltd said in BSE filing.

Overall, the total commercial capacity of VSTPS, NTPC and the NTPC Group will become 4,760 MW, 38,442 MW and 44,443 MW respectively. VSTPS will also become the largest operating power station in the India, the company said.

The power plant is located in district Singrauli of Madhya Pradesh. The beneficiary states of the project are Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadar Nagar Haveli.

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October 10, 2015

To ensure lower tariffs for consumers, the state government is looking at shutting down its old and antiquated power generating sets, which work at poor operational efficiencies and instead get 1,506 MW of stranded power generation assets from the private sector on track for cheaper electricity. It is also planning to reduce costs of power supply to industries and units in backward Marathwada and Vidarbha by subsiding transmission charges.

State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule said private-sector producers who had set up power plants but had not signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) were facing the problem of stranded assets due to lack of buyers. “A new project costs around Rs 8 crore per MW and this may even rise to Rs 10 crore in a few years,” he noted, adding that instead, they were planning a policy to revive these shut units.

These units were commissioned at lower costs of around Rs 5 crore per MW, which will translate into lower power tariffs. By 2020 to 2025, the state will need another 5,000 MW of power and this stranded capacity will help fill the gap if the electricity is pumped into the grid.

“The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) has power generating sets which are around 35 to 40 years old and generate at Rs 4.5 to 5 per unit, when we can procure electricity at Rs 3 per unit from the open market,” said B

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October 10, 2015

MUMBAI: Billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta Group plans to enter solar power generation business in India by bidding for upcoming government projects, joining a growing club of big businesses foraying into clean energy space. The metals to mining multinational plans to create 500 megawatt capacity portfolio of solar power, people familiar with Vedanta’s plans told ET.

Agarwal’s nephew Pratik Agarwal, director for infrastructure business at the London-listed Vedanta Resources, is working on the go-to-market strategy for solar for the past year, they said. “Pratik Agarwal has the mandate to build the renewable energy,” one of them said. “He did look at some solar assets on the block but dropped the plan later as he found that the group can build better and more technologically advanced assets at a lower cost,” the person said. Vedanta Resources spokesperson had not responded to a detailed emailed questionnaire from ET as of press time Wednesday.

Vedanta is the latest in a growing list of conglomerates rushing to the solar energy market, joining the likes of Tatas, Reliance Industries, Aditya Birla Group, Adani group and Welspun group, even as the country is chasing an ambitious target of having solar power capacity of 100 gigawatt (GW) by 2022 from just 3 GW now. That would require investments of $200 billion, or Rs 13,50,000 crore, ac

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October 10, 2015

CHENNAI: With its wind season drawing to a close and no clear indication of when Unit-I of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) would recommence operations, Tamil Nadu government today sought Central intervention in this matter. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that KNPP Unit-I had started commercial operations on December 31, 2014, and that it had been shut down for the past 90 days for maintenance activities.

“The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited is yet to clearly indicate when the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit-I will recommence production. As the wind season for Tamil Nadu has drawn to a close, it is crucial for the Kudankulam Unit-I to resume power generation immediately,” she said.

“I, therefore, request you to kindly instruct the concerned officials in the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited to immediately take necessary action to recommence power generation in Kudankulam Unit-I,” she told Modi in a letter. Further, she said her government had been informed that Kudankulam Unit-II was undergoing final stages of commissioning activ

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September 25, 2015

MUMBAI: Five years after he started his entrepreneurial journey in clean tech after a high-profile stint in General Electric as its CEO in India, Tejpreet Singh Chopra on Thursday sold a controlling stake in his flagship wind power generation division BLP Energy for Rs 220 crore to Italy’s Enel Green Power, the renewable arm of the country’s leading utilities group Enel. Both sides did not disclose the exact shareholding in their official communique, but sources say EGP will end up controlling close to 60% of BLP Energy, implying an equity valuation of Rs 370-Rs 380 crore for the entire company.

Paving its way for its India debut, this will also be Enel’s Green first acquisition in the Asia-Pacific region and help reach more than 10 GW of net installed global capacity. “This acquisition opens the doors for Enel Green Power to the huge potential of the Indian market and is the gateway to further expansion across Asia,” said EGP CEO Francesco Venturini. “We intend to contribute to the Indian government objective of increasing the share of renewables in the country’s energy portfolio. EGP is also interested in participating through BLP Energy in the country’s upcoming public solar tenders at both national and state level.”

BLP owns operating wind plan

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September 23, 2015

MUMBAI: Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon today said it has bagged contracts from SMEs and public sector undertakings (PSU) to supply 50 turbines of 2.1 MW each in various parts of the country. “Suzlon has been awarded orders for a combined capacity of 105 MW from a mix of SME and PSU customers, on turnkey basis, in this quarter,” the company said in a statement. Under the contracts, Suzlon will install a total of 50 turbines of 2.1 MW product platform in the key windy states, it said.

Suzlon will supply its multi-megawatt S95-90m, S97- 90m, S97-120m turbines and will leverage on its turnkey wind solutions expertise to oversee the project operations from start to end, the statement further said. The projects will be located across Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

“We continue to have a strong focus on the Indian market as it offers a favourable renewable energy environment. We will leverage our manufacturing facilities across India and continue to partner with our clients t

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September 20, 2015

The Union government has firmed up plans to shut down some 11,000 mw of thermal power generation capacities that are at least 25 years old and build bigger plants with total capacity of at least 20,000 mw on the same tract of land for estimated investments of Rs 70,000 crore, officials said. The roadmap for shuttering at least 100 old units with capacities ranging from 60 mw to 220 mw was given a preliminary shape at a recent meeting between the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and state utilities. In their place, some 30-odd super critical units ranging between 660 mw and 800 mw will come up, CEA officials said.

This will lead to a savings of about Rs 40,000 crore on land acquisition as well infrastructure cost like rail and water linkages along with facilities like ash pond and power evacuation lines, they said. Coal supplied to the old plants would be fed into the units that would replace them.

It is estimated that a total capacity of about 36,000 mw in the country is more than 25 years old and these units could be replaced in phased manner Some of these plants are in good running conditions and have just undergone renovation and maintenance, allowing them to run for a few more years. However, all such plants will have to eventually down shutter and be replaced by new super critical units, CEA officials said. They said replaceme

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