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Utran gets India's first combined cycle power station

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GujaratSurat is the second Asian city after Hong Kong to have environmentally-friendly power station, said chief minister Narendra Modi while dedicating India's first 370 MW gas-based combined-cycle power station owned by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) to the nation on 13-05-2010. The ambitious power plant that has been constructed at the cost of Rs 1,414.16 crore at Utran power house complex some 10 km away from Surat is expected to generate 88.80 lakh units of electricity per day with the daily consumption of 15.60 lakh standard cubic metre (SCM) gas. The plant is an extension of the existing 135 MW combined-cycle power plant and will add up to the 8 per cent generating capacity of GSECL.

It is the first combined-cycle plant in the country that is utilising Alstom's advanced class GT26 gas turbine technology for the least damage to the ecology and optimal fuel utilisation for ensuring no water and air pollution.

Addressing a public gathering, chief minister Narendra Modi said, "Gujarat has become the only state in the country that is producing 32 per cent gas-based electricity. Till now, people were going to Hong Kong to witness the environmental-friendly power station, now they will come to Surat."

Coming down heavily on the central government policies, Modi said, "It seems the central government has some problem with the women in the state. We have been trying hard for the last three years to provide piped gas connections in the remote areas, but the railway ministry is not allowing the state government to use their properties for laying the gas pipelines."

Talking about the achievements of the BJP government in Gujarat, minister of state for energy Saurabh Patel said, "The state government has decided to provide electricity at Rs 1.50 paise per unit to the BPL families. Every year, 100 to 150 new electricity sub-stations are being set up in the remote areas to provide electricity to the residents."

Energy and petrochemical secretary, D J Pandian said, "Even though the per capita consumption of electricity in Gujarat is significantly higher than the national and Asian figures, it is still far below the world average and the government of Gujarat has given prime importance to the development of power sector. The installed capacity of the state is 9,561 MW and it will be increased up to 10,752 MW during the 11th five year plan."

Source- Times of India

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