Projects Info | 18-24 August, 2008

Projects to watch - Power

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Nabinagar Thermal Power Project
NTPC proposes to add 22,000 mw power generation capacity during the 11th Plan period. The company has joined hands with the railways forming a joint venture company ‘Bharatiya Rail Bijlee Company’ for setting up a 4x250 (1000) mw captive power plant at Nabinagar in Bihar. NTPC holds 74 per cent stake, while the railways own the rest.
The cost of the project is around Rs 5352 crore. The power generated from this plant will be utilised by Indian Railways for running electric trains in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Ten per cent of the power generated will be earmarked for other users. Indian Railways is expected to save around Rs 600 crore p.a. due to the captive power generation. The contract for the supply and installation of the Main Plant Package worth Rs 2030 crore value is awarded to BHEL under international competitive bidding. BHEL’s scope of work envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of Steam Generators with Electrostatic Precipitators, Associated Auxiliaries and Turbine Generators, Associated Auxiliaries with state-of-the-art Controls and Instrumentation system. Currently, tenders are invited for design, engineering, manufacturing, shop fabrication, testing at works, transportation to site, unloading and storage at site, in plant transportation, insurance, fabrication at site, including all associated civil, structural & architectural works, erection, testing, commissioning, trial operation, performance and guarantee testing and all equipment and works required for completing the Pre-Treatment Plant Package.

Barh Super Thermal Power Project
NTPC is setting up Barh Super Thermal Power Project costing Rs 19,000 crore near Patna in Bihar. This project was approved by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) way back in the year 2001. The funding of the project is through mix of domestic and external commercial borrowings, with equity from internal resources of NTPC.
The project is accorded mega power project status, based on which it is eligible for certain benefits such as no customs duty on import of capital equipment, and price preference of 15 per cent for domestic public sector undertakings (PSUs).
The plant uses super-critical steam generation, with water instantly being converted into steam without passing through the boiling phase. Operating pressures are around 250 atmospheres. Fuel requirement: The annual coal requirement for Barh will be met from the Amrapali block of North Karanpura coal fields. The coal would be transported by using rail network from North Karanpura to Barh.

Stage - I: The first stage consisting of three units of 660 MW each is under implementation. The contract for construction of Barh Super Thermal Power Project - Stage I was awarded to Technopromexport a Russia-based power equipment supplier, upon the results of open tender, held by NTPC in November 2004.

The contract value was USD 454 million. Construction is progressing smoothly and Unit 1 is now planned to start operation in October 2009.
Stage - II: The company board has accorded the investment approval for Barh Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-II (2x660 mw) in Bihar at an appraised estimated current cost of Rs 7,341 crore. So far LOA issued for Steam Generator. State-owned power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has been awarded Rs.18-billion ($ 450 million) contract to supply boiler package to the National Thermal Power Corporation’s 1,320 megawatt (MW) Barh stage-II supercritical power project in Bihar. The entire project is expected to complete by March 2012.

The power generated will go mostly to North, West and East India. Six 400KV electrical substations link Barh to Kahalgaon, Sasaram and Biharsharif. This project will go a long way in solving energy crisis in our country.

Sasan Power UMPP
Power Finance Corporation Ltd had transferred Sasan Power Ltd, SPV formed to implement the 3960 mw Sasan UMPP to Reliance Power Limited (RPL) in August 2007. RPL emerged as the successful bidder based on international competitive bidding for the Sasan Project, with the lowest levelised tariff of Rs 1.196 per unit.. Sasan Power Project comprises of 6 units of 660 mw each. The project is located near Sasan village in Singrauli Tehsil of Sidhi District, Madhya Pradesh. The beneficiary states of this project are Madhya Pradesh (1500 mw), Punjab (600 mw), Uttar Pradesh (500 mw), Delhi & Haryana (450 mw’s each), Rajasthan (400 mw) and Uttarakhand (100 mw). The Power Purchase agreements (PPA’s) has been signed with 14 procurers from the 7 states which would off take power from the project. The project cost is estimated to be around Rs 20,000 crore. The project is pithead coal based project and would require 15 MTPA of coal. The coal from the Moher- Amlori coal block would be used to generate power for Sasan UMPP. The Ministry of Coal has recently approved mining plan for Moher and Moher-Amlori Extension coal block for this project. As per the original plan, the completion was scheduled by year 2013, but the project commissioning has been advanced by to December 2011. Recently, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract valuing Rs 12,800 crore for the project was awarded to Reliance Infrastructure, an arm of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG). As per the contract, Reliance Infrastructure would complete the first unit of 6x 660 mw project within 42 months and the remaining five will be commissioned with an interval of three months. The construction work is likely to start within two months.

Krishnapatnam Power UMPP
Power Finance Corporation (PFC) is the nodal agency for implementing Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) in India. In January 2008, PFC had transferred Coastal Andhra Power Ltd - Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created to implement 4000 mw Krishnapatnam UMPP to Reliance Power Ltd (RPL). Reliance Power had emerged as the lowest bidder for the project by bidding to supply power at an average of Rs. 2.33 per unit.

The project will have 5x800 mw units and will be located in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. The nearest railway station is Venkatachalam which is about 20 km, nearest Airport is Chennai which is about 200 km and nearest National Highway (NH -5) is about 25 km away from Project site. About 2600 acres of land for main plant, ash dyke and township is being made available by State Government. Sea water is proposed to be used for project which is located about 2.0 km away from site. The developer is expected to install de-salination plant near project to meet sweet water requirement of the plant. The project is based on imported coal unlike Sasan project which is based on pit head coal. The project is expected to complete in 39 months and would see an investment of Rs 16,000 crore. About 12-15 Million M.T. per annum coal is expected to be imported through cargo vessel to nearest Krishnapatnam Port. The coal shall be transported to project site from port through Conveyor belts or Merry-Go-Round (MGR) System.
The project will use the latest super critical green technology. The beneficiary states of this project are Andhra Pradesh (1,600 mw), Tamil Nadu (800 mw) Karnataka (800 mw) and Maharashtra (800 mw).

The Expert Committee on Infrastructure development and Miscellaneous Projects has granted the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to 4000 mw Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Andhra Pradesh. The financial closure for this project is expected by September 2008. The project is expected to be ready by 2013-15.


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