Category: Generation

August 6, 2015

Set with a target of 4,700-MW capacity addition during 2007-12 Five-Year Plan, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) managed to add only 500 MW during the period, a CAG report said today.

“… the Corporation could add only 500 MW i.e. 11 per cent of the target of 4,700 MW (own projects) with a shortfall of 4,200 MW,” said Comptroller and Auditor General of India report on capacity addition in power generation during 2007-12 by DVC which was tabled in the Parliament.

The report further said that the PSU planned to add power generation capacity of 6,250 MW during XI Plan period (4,700 MW by the Corporation alone and 1,550 MW through Joint venture).

As on 31 March 2014, it had a total power generation capacity of 5,857.2 MW — thermal 5,710 MW and hydel 147.2 MW, it said.

It further said that with regard to Mejia thermal power station unit 5 and 6, Detailed Project Report (DPR) was prepared without adequate investigation and deficiencies were noticed after finalisation of orders which resulted in delay.

“… and in Chandrapura Thermal Power Station(CTPS) Unit 7 & 8, the execution work initially suffered for 26 months due to delay in handing over the land to the contractor, non-availability of storage space for sh

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August 2, 2015

State government will be attempting to synchronise at least two power units, including one of the private sector, with the state grid on Friday. The development gains importance in the wake of a sudden rise in demand for power—of around 13500MW—with increase in humidity levels and rise in irrigation activities.

The two units likely to get connected with the state grid include the 220MW unit in Harduaganj and 660MW in Lalitpur. At the same time, there is also attempt to get a 500MW unit of Anpara D in Sonebhadra in functional mode. Of these, the Anpara D and Harduaganj units were inaugurated by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on March 31, but they could not function because of repeated snags. Likewise, the Lalitpur power plant of the Bajaj group too, after being put under test, went off the grid in June.

Energy department sources said the chief minister had expressed displeasure over tripping of Harduaganj and Anpara D soon after he inaugurated them. Following that he did not go to inaugurate the Lalitpur power plant.

UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited managing director A P Mishra said a team of engineers has been roped in to get all these units functional. Mishra, who was camping in Harduaganj on Thursday, said Harduaganj and Lalitpur power plants

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May 7, 2015

The Maharashtra government plans to generate 14400 MW power from the non-conventional sector in the next five years to promote power generation. It is expected to announce its new renewable energy policy on May 12 which is likely to give thrust to solar and wind energy. Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target to generate 175 Giga Watt (Gw) power from conventional and non-conventional sectors. Of this, it has decided to produce 100 Gw from solar power sector only. Bawankule said “In Maharashtra, there are several non-conventional power projects in operation with capacity of 6155 MW. The state has set a target to generate 14,400 MW power through non- conventional sector within next five years”. According to Bawankule, out of targeted 14400 MW power generation, highest of 7500 MW will be produced through solar and 5000 MW through windmill. Bagasse in sugar mill will produce 1000 Mw power whereas 400 MW will be produced by small hydropower projects. Wastage from agriculture will produce 300 MW. T

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May 6, 2015

According to government sources, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has so far asked 20 thermal power plants to comply with environment standards but not conducted any specific assessment of pollution caused by around their sites. Confirming this, Mr.Javadekar said “Directions under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 have been issued to 14 power plants, while concerned state pollution control boards were asked to direct six power plants to comply with the environmental standards under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution Act), 1981 and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.” Replying to a Parliament question in the Lok Sabha, the minister in his written response said CPCB issued directions to the plants on the basis of the findings of inspections carried out by its environmental surveillance squad (ESS).

The power plants which have been issued directions include Paras and Koradi thermal power stations in Maharashtra; Patratu, Tenughat, Chandrapura power plants in Jharkhand; Kutch Lignite in Gujarat; Durgapur and Kolaghat in Bengal; Rayalseema power plant in Andhra Pradesh, and Chhabra thermal power station in Baran district of Rajasthan. 

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May 5, 2015

Power generation was disrupted at the Moozhiyar power house of the 340-MW Sabarigiri hydroelectric project on May 4th following the detection of leakage in Penstock-II. Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) sources at Moozhiyar told  that the leak was detected in the upper portion of the butterfly valve of Penstock-II, which was replaced in July 2013. The leakage, a minor one, would take at least three days to complete the repair work as it involved draining out the water in the penstock and filling it. The power house was shut down at 8 a.m. on the day to facilitate repair work. Sources added that the shutting down of Moozhiyar power house will affect the functioning of the 50-MW Kakkad hydel power project in the downstream reaches at Seethathode as it runs with the tailrace of the Sabarigiri project.

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May 4, 2015

According to sources, NTPC will build India’s biggest power plant with an annual generation capacity of 6,400 megawatt (Mw)in a joint venture with Jharkhand state utility, an example of a big ticket public investment which most economists say is needed to kickstart the investment cycle. The project will be set in two phases of 4,000 Mw in the first phase and 2,400 Mw in the second phase. NTPC will hold 76% stake in the Rs 35,000-crore coal-fired plant and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) will own the remaining 24%.According to a state government official, the Jharkhand government has decided to hand over 6,800 acre at Patratu in Ramgarh district to the state-run energy giant for the project. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed in Ranchi on Sunday. The onus of vacating illegal inhabitants on the plot will be on the government.

The new plan includes scrapping the old units and setting up four 800 Mw super critical units in the first phase and another four similar units in the second phase. The Patratu plant is working at an efficiency of 5% and the power ministry has asked NTPC to take it over and build a new plant instead to trying to

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May 3, 2015

Gujarat leads the country in promoting roof-top solar power generation projects with 9.75 MW roof-top solar power generations. The state accounted for 23.64 per cent of the total 41.24 MW roof-top solar power generated in the country by the end of financial year 2014-15. The other state that comes close to Gujarat is Punjab with 7.52 MW roof-top solar power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his stint as chief minister of the state, had launched the Solar Rooftop Solar PV project in 2010-11 in state capital Gandhinagar. After its success, the state government initiated the process to replicate the same model in five big cities of Vadodara, Rajkot, Mehsana, Bhavnagar and Surat. The target for solar power generation for these cities was 25 MW. Though this target was not achieved by the state government in 2014-15, it still is the top state when it comes to roof-top solar power generation.

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April 29, 2015

Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that the government is looking at the option of upgrading existing power plants into larger capacity Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) using clean technology and to offer them in plug and play mode. Speaking at a CII event at New Delhi, Goyal said “We are looking at using the existing infrastructure (power plants) to upgrade to larger capacity, cleaner technology, better technology supercritical plant. It will help us to offer UMPPs in plug and play mode. He added that the government is exploring coming out with UMPPs in a more sustainable format and believes that plug and play mode that Finance Minister mentioned in his budget speech is the way to go. Government is expecting to unlock investments to the extent of Rs 1 lakh crore through these five UMPPs.

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April 29, 2015

The Jharkhand Government expressed surprise over the exit of Reliance Power from the proposed Tilaiya power project  The Government blamed the company and said the reasons cited for the walkout were ‘doubtful’ as all major issues had already been resolved. Reliance Power terminated the agreement for the 3,960 megawatt Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP), citing delays in land acquisition and issues related captive coal blocks and infrastructure. Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba  said “Reliance’s decision to exit is surprising and doubtful,” and  indicated that the real reason could be something else as the company recently sought tariff review citing cost escalation to the tune of Rs 16,000 crore for the project.

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April 28, 2015

According to a report by the Standing Committee on Energy, India has missed the power generation capacity addition target for the second straight year in last fiscal. The electricity generation target of 17,830 MW and 17,825 MW for the fiscals 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively, were not achieved. During the last financial year (till February 2015), 15,935 MW was produced against the target of 17,830 MW. Similarly, during the 2013-14, 17,825 MW of power was produced against a target of 18,432 MW production. However, in the first year (2012-13) of the current Five Year Plan Period (2012-17), the power generation capacity addition was achieved. The target was 17,956 MW, while the total production was 20,623 MW. Ministry of Power said the major difficulties faced in the capacity addition programme were delays in land acquisition, poor performance by civil contractors, delays in supplies by BHEL and contractual disputes. The hydro power projects were delayed due to law a

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