Category: Thermal

December 10, 2015

A legal dispute has halted the progress of works on the Rs 8,000-crore, 1,800-megawatt thermal power project that a Vedanta group company is developing in Punjab . The dispute arose after Talwandi Sabo Power, a joint venture between the Punjab State Electricity Board ( PSEB) and Sterlite Energy of the Vedanta group to set up the project, claimed a delay in construction by Sepco Electric Power Construction Corp and moved to encash $206 million (Rs 1,375 crore) of bank guarantees furnished by the Chinese construction company, Vedanta’s developer. Sepco approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court alleging it was forced to leave the project site when 98% of the work got completed. It accused Sterlite of delaying payment even after pre-agreed project milestones were reached. According to court documents, Justice Amit Rawal , on 1st Dec restrained Talwandi Sabo Power and the Vedanta group company from cashing the bank guarantees, appointed advocate Dheeraj Chawla a as local commissioner to inspect the premises and prepare a report on inventory. The court will further hear the case on December 17.

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October 27, 2015

 National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is gearing up to construct Telangana Stage I (2 x 800) MW project at Ramagundam. According to sources, foundation stone for the new project will be laid in about three months. NTPC director (operations) KK Sharma, who recently visited Ramagundam plant also dropped hints that they will begin works soon.

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October 26, 2015

State-owned NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power producer, has appointed consultancy firm KPMG to work out a new strategy to face the challenges of an evolving energy landscape. As part of the exercise, KPMG will revise the NTPC Corporate Plan 2032, which lays down a roadmap for the state-owned power producer. This plan had been drawn up by Bain and Co. India Pvt. Ltd.

“The corporate plan is reviewed every five years. India’s energy landscape has changed. With no immediate positives on the nuclear power front, gas being a scarce fuel and a thrust on renewables, a new strategy has to be evolved. Also, we have been impacted on the regulatory front,” an NTPC executive said, requesting anonymity.

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October 14, 2015

SALAKATI (ASSAM): State-run NTPC will consider selling electricity to Bangladesh from its upcoming 750 MW plant at Kokrajhar in Assam once the neighbouring country finalises plans to buy power from Palatana project in Tripura. “Bangladesh is planning to purchase power from Palatana project in Tripura and talks are going on in this regard. If it is successful, then there is no problem in giving power to Bangladesh (from the upcoming Assam plant),” NTPC Group General Manager (Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project) Utpal Chakrabarti told PTI here. For selling power to Bangladesh, separate transmission lines will be required to set up, he added.

“Bangladesh needs power. If they can purchase it, then why should not we sell it? We will consider it accordingly” Chakrabarti said. He said however that there have been no official discussions as of now on selling electricity to Bangladesh from the Assam plant. In May, a two-day meeting of Power Secretaries of India and Bangladesh in Dhaka reviewed the progress on the neighbour’s move for import of additional 600 MW power, of which 100 MW would go from Tripura’s Palatana power project starting next December, while 500 MW was expected to reach in December 2017.

NTPC had synchronised the first 250 MW unit of the Bongaigaon project in Assam on June 22 this year, marking the beginning of the company’s o

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October 14, 2015

AHMEDABAD: To find out potential spots for setting up India’s first geothermal power plant using heat stored below earth’s surface, Institute of Seismological Research (ISR) has started surveys using latest 3D Magentotelluric (MT) imaging technology. With the initiative, the Gandhinagar-based ISR is hopeful of making a breakthrough by finding out the most feasible source of thermal energy to set up a 2 mega watt geothermal power plant in Gujarat, which will be the first in the country, ISR Director Dr B K Rastogi said.

“ISR has started geophysical surveys for geothermal energy in various parts of state. The institute has pioneered a technique of 3D MT imaging of crust to locate the best spots. Till now, geological faults and crustal structure have been mapped in Kutch,” Rastogi said. According to him, geothermal energy is stored below the surface of earth in the form of heat. This heat can help generate power, as temperature below the earth could be as high as 100-150 degrees Centigrade.

“Normal thermal power plants heat water using coal or gas to generate steam, which runs turbines. Now, we want to find pre-heated water stored beneath the earth, so that we don’t have to rely on other energy sources. As of now, we are aiming to find out spots where we get water with atleast 80

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September 27, 2015

NEW DELHI: State utility NTPC’s 4,000-MW Lara thermal project in Chhattisgarh will go on stream by March 2017 with a likely commissioning of its first 800-MW unit.  “The first unit (of 800 MW) of NTPC’s Lara thermal project may be commissioned in the fourth quarter of the next financial year,” a company official said. The project, which would have a total capacity of 4,000 MW, is expected to see an overall investment of about Rs 30,000 crore. Power generated from the Lara project will be supplied to Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Goa. The country’s largest power producer had earlier said it will invest nearly Rs 12,000 crore in setting up the 1,600-MW first stage of the thermal power project. The project is based on super critical technology.

Coal from Talaipalli mine will be supplied to the Lara Super Thermal Power Project, for which NTPC had already signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Chhattisgarh, a company official said. The present installed capacity of the company is 45,548 MW. NTPC has over 23,000 MW capacity under con

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September 25, 2015

NEW DELHI: State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) today said it has commissioned a 250 MW coal-based thermal power unit at Sikka in Gujarat. It has been commissioned at Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd’s (GSECL) Sikka Thermal Power Station on Engineering, procurement and Construction basis.

“BHEL has achieved one more milestone by successfully commissioning a 250 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Gujarat,” BHEL said in a statement. This is the second unit of 250 MW to be commissioned by BHEL at Sikka TPS, located near Jamnagar, one of the major industrial towns in the state. BHEL had commissioned the first 250 MW unit in March. In addition, two units of 120 MW each, supplied and executed earlier by BHEL, are already in operation. The sets of this rating class, supplied by BHEL, are considered as workhorses and form the backbone of the Indian power sector.

These sets have been performing much above the national average as well as international benchmarks. BHEL has so far contracted 251 sets of this rating class. BHEL has had a long association with GSECL and has contributed around 86 per cent of the total installed generating capacity of GSECL.

For GSECL, BHEL is executing another EPC order for setting up an 800 MW supercritical coal

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September 20, 2015

LALITPUR: Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL), a part of Shishir Bajaj led-Bajaj Group, today commissioned the first 660 MW unit of 1980 MW supercritical thermal power plant. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav inaugurated the unit at Mirchwara in the presence of UP PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav and Minister of State Arvind Singh Gope.

State Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was scheduled to inaugurate the unit, but he could not make it to the venue due to some technical reasons. LPGCL had signed an agreement with the UP government in 2010 to set up 1980 MW (3 units of 660 MW each) super critical thermal power plant at Lalitpur in the Bundelkhand district.

“The first of the three units of 660 MW eac

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September 18, 2015

NEW DELHI: State-run NTPC is likely to exceed the thermal capacity addition target of 11,920 MW set by the government for the 12th five year plan. “The company has made the single largest thermal capacity addition (8,445 MW) during the 12th Plan so far and is well on course to exceed the target of 11,920 MW set by government,” NTPC CMD AK Jha said while addressing shareholders at the 39th AGM here today. The present installed capacity of the company is 45,548 MW.

Jha, who is NTPC’s Director (Technical), took additional charge as Chairman and Managing Director as an interim measure earlier this month. NTPC has over 23,000 MW capacity under construction and nearly 9,500 MW is under bidding, he said, adding that the feasibility reports for about 16,600 MW have been approved. The company has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Jharkhand government to form a JV company for performance improvement and expansion of Patratu

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September 16, 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.

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