At present, the country's largest private power producer, Tata Power, is executing the 4,000 (800x5) mw UMPP at Mundra in the state.The first 800 mw unit of this coastal project is expected to be completed during the current 11th Plan period (2007-12).
Power Finance Corporation (PFC), the nodal agency for these kind of projects, has already awarded four projects to the successful bidders. Reliance Power bagged three of the allotted four projects at Sasan (Madhya Pradesh), Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Tilaiya (Jharkhand) while the Tatas won the Mundra project.
The government, which plans to add 1,00,000 mw of electricity in the upcoming 12th Plan period (2012-17), is relying on the contribution from these UMPPs. These projects are likely to be commissioned over a period of 4-5 years from now.
The invitation of preliminary bids for the two proposed projects at Bedabahal (Orissa) and Sarguja (Chhattisgarh) are stuck because of lack of environment clearance for the coal blocks allotted to the projects. Therefore, the power ministry would not finalise any other site in any other part of the country without obtaining the mandatory approvals from the respective authorities.
Source- economic Times