Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will dedicate the 600 MW thermal power plant of CESC on November 26.
Built at a cost of Rs 4,600 crore, the plant will be commissioned at a time power utilities were grappling with coal block de-allocation problem.
On the same platform, CESC Chairman Sanjiv Goenka is expected to announce some investment plans by the group in the power sector, mostly into transmission and network infrastructure to cope with future demand.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate commissioning of the modern thermal power plant at Haldia on November 26," the CESC Chairman said.
The 600MW power plant was executed by CESC's subsidiary Haldia Energy Ltd and total investment is Rs 4600 crore, he said.
Initially, the plant will be operational with first unit of 300 MW and by February 2015, another 300MW will come into being. The coal linkage for the plant is with Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.
The plant has come up on 317 acres of land and the main plant is on 13.5 acres. Shanghai Electric Corporation and Punj Lyod were the main contractors for the main plant.
Goenka claimed it had rehabilitated 400 families that lived in the project area and the company has constructed a model village which is among the best in the country.
The project had built a power evacuation network that include country's two highest river crossing towers of 240 metres each.