New Delhi: Reliance Power on Wednesday said it has synchronised the second 300 MW unit at Butibori thermal power plant in Maharashtra, taking the company's total operating capacity to 1,840 MW.
The Butibori project, located near Nagpur, has a total capacity of 600 MW. The first 300 MW unit achieved full load in August last year.
"The (second) unit has been synchronised on January 2, 2013 in the early hours and simultaneously coal firing of the unit is achieved, the company said in a statement.
Generally, synchronisation is the last step before commissioning of a project.
Electricity generated from the plant would help in reducing the demand-supply gap in Maharashtra, it added.
"With this our operating capacity goes up to 1,840 MW," Reliance Power Chief Executive Officer J P Chalasani said.
According to Reliance Power, Butibori plant is among the most compact-sized thermal plants in the country with its 600 MW capacity requiring not more than 275 acres of plant land.
"The Butibori power plant is environment friendly with zero effluent discharge. Also, the entire ash generated by the plant will be utilised by Reliance group's own cement plant," it said.
Chalasani said the company's flagship project in Sasan is also progressing at a rapid pace and "we expect to commission the first 660 MW unit of the Ultra Mega Power Project in the near future".