Chandigarh: Punjab power utility on Saturday said the two upcoming thermal power plants will start generating power this year as both have signed fuel supply agreements (FSA).
While Talwandi Sabo Power Limited has signed FSA with Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited (MCL), Nabha Power Limited which is developing Rajpura thermal plant, signed FSA with South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) for coal supply.
This was stated by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) CMD K D Chaudhri.
Talwandi Sabo Power plant (1980 MW) is being developed by Sterlite Energy Limited while Rajpura thermal Power plant (1400 MW) is being developed by L&T Power Development Limited.
The Punjab state government has been taking up the issue of coal supply which was followed up by PSPCL with the Coal Ministry, the CIL and some central agencies, to close the deal for the power plants, he said.
Talwandi Sabo thermal plant will get 7.72 million tonnes of coal annually from Vasundhra Coal Field Mines, Sambalpur in Orissa, while Rajpura Thermal Plant will be supplied 5.5 million tonnes of coal annually from mines at Chhattisgarh.
The 660 MW-first unit of Talwandi Sabo Thermal Plant being set up at Village Banawali district Mansa is expected to start generation by end of November.
Similarly, the 700 MW (the first phase) of Rajpura thermal Plant being developed at village Nalash near Rajpura is expected to be commissioned in the first week of December this year.
Both 1980 MW Talwandi Sabo Power Plant and 1400 MW Rajpura Thermal Plant are using supercritical technology which helps generate more power for the same quantity of coal and reduce pollution.
Once the power plants start operations, there will be no shortage of power in Punjab, he said.
First Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 14:46