“The completion of Jindal Power’s (a JSPL arm) landmark 2,400 MW expansion project at Tamnar (Chhattisgarh) has resulted in JSPL Group‘s installed generation capacity in Raigarh belt reaching 4,294 MW, thereby achieving UMPP scale,” the Naveen Jindal-led company said today.
With the completion of the mega expansion project, whose 4th Unit of 600 MW was synchronised today, the Group’s total installed capacity across the country now stands at 37.6 billion units of electricity annually, i.e. 3.58 per cent of India’s electricity generation in 2014-15.
The completion of 2,400 MW expansion project takes Jindal Power Limited‘s (JPL) installed capacity to 3,400 MW, thereby making it the largest power producer in Chhattisgarh.
“We are proud to do the project in a record time, at a time when there were apprehensions about Indian power projects meeting the deadline. Also we have economised use of land by using only 284 acres of land for the project. The expansion entailed Rs 13,000 crore investment,” JSPL Managing Director & Group CEO Ravi Uppal told PTI.
Uppal said for generation of every MW, the company has used only 0.12 acres of land as against Central Electricity Authority‘s norms of 0.34 acres of land.
“JPL’s generation capacity of 3,400 MW, i.e. 29 billion units of electricity per annum, is a step forward to build a nation of our dreams. The state-of-the-art power facility was built using fully indigenous turbine technology in a record time and is truly a hallmark specimen of ‘Making In India’,” Uppal said.
He said completion of the project gives a significant boost to “our confidence to deploy our skills and energy to operate these plants at optimal load factors.”
JPL’s generation capacity of 29 billion units now stands at 2.86 per cent of India’s electricity generation (1048 Billion Units in FY 2014-15).
The installed generation capacity of Jindal Power at 3,400 MW has the potential to cater to the peak power demand of the City of Mumbai, the company said.
Based on national per capita consumption of electricity at 957 KWH, the installed capacity of JPL can cater to over 3 crore Indians, it said.
JSPL already has installed captive power capacity of 854 MW; 540 MW at Dongamahua and 354 MW at Raigarh in the state of Chhattisgarh.
With the progressive measures being introduced by the government for ensuring affordable coal to power producers, “we remain optimistic about achieving optimum levels of power generation in the near future. We are committed to participate towards the fulfillment of the vision of our Prime Minister to provide 24×7 power to all households, industry and farmers,” Uppal said.
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