The first unit of 500 MW of the 1500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project in Jhajjar would commence power generation by June 2010, three months earlier than schedule, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said in Chandigarh. Talking to media persons, he said this project would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 8000 crore and Rs 1352 crore had already been spent on its construction activities.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a function to attend the boiler drum lifting ceremony of the 1,500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power plant which entails an investment of Rs 7,892 crore. “We expect the proposal to get through soon as no other state aspiring to set up a nuclear power plant has identified any site for that. We have no dearth of land and water at the identified site, which are the essentials for setting up a nuclear power plant,” Hooda said.
Chief Minister further said, “The two units of 500 MW each of this thermal power plant would start generation before the Commonwealth Games. The plant would be fully functional by the end of 2,010.” The plant is being set up by the Aravali Power Company Pvt Ltd (APCPL). NTPC, Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited and Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited are jointly promoting APCPL.
Bhel Director Anil Sachdev, who was also present, said, “Bhel is making all efforts to commission the first unit (500MW) one month ahead of schedule by June 2010. The remaining two units would be commissioned with a gap of three month each.” Bhel is supplying the main generating equipment, including boiler, steam turbine, generator and their auxiliaries. The company had bagged the supply, erection and commissioning order in July, 2007.
If everything goes well, Delhi would get its share of 750 MW before the Commonwealth Games. The power generated from the plant would be shared by Haryana and Delhi on 50:50 basis. NTPC% has 50 stake in the company while the other two promoters have an equal share. The debt equity ratio is 70:30. The equity requirement will be met from the promoter’s contribution, while the debt would be financed by the Power Finance Corporation.
The government has decided to supply round-the-clock power supply to consumers within a radius of 10 km around the plant and about 40 villages would be benefited by this decision.He said that the central government had sanctioned Rs 4.2 crore for strengthening of distribution network of these villages.
The other important features of the project are Drum Type Boilers with Single Reheat Type Steam Turbines to achieve higher efficiency. The project shall have closed cycle cooling water system with Natural Draft Cooling Towers. The height of the chimney shall be 275m.