Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the company chosen in EPC method to design and execute the 4,400-MW ultra thermal power plant at Damaracherla in Nalgonda district, has commenced work on the project by taking up land levelling work, to begin with.
It is a major step forward towards the plans of Telangana Government to make the State self-reliant first and as surplus State later in the matter of power generation, which holds key for growth in industrial, commercial and agriculture sectors. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has given the environmental clearance for the project in July first week along the approval for utilisation of 4,731 acres land.
Works on the project are expected to gain momentum soon since the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has disbursed the loan of Rs.16,070 crore to the Telgana State Power Generation Corporation (TS-Genco) on August 11. “We are likely to release the first tranche of funds of about Rs.900 crore to BHEL in a couple of days, as an advance, so that the agency given the contract to execute the power project can speed up the work,” highly-placed official sources told.
In the first phase, BHEL would set up 4,400-MW thermal power plant with two units of 600-MW each and four units of 800-MW each at Veerlapalem.
In the second phase, another 2,400-MW project at Dilawarpur would be set up as part of the ultra thermal power plant in Dameracherla mandal of Nalgonda, the sources explained.
“The site plan for the project has been approved and the letter of intent is already issued, besides completion of engineering and commercial discussions. The executing agency has also finalised tenders and is awaiting final clearance for issuance of tender notices for various works,” the sources stated.
Meanwhile, the State government’s plans to plug the energy demand-supply gap as much as possible or to make it even, at least by the commencement of rabi season of 2016-17, appears on course with the boiler light-up in the 1,200-MW Singareni thermal power plant at Jaipur in Adilabad district recently. The boiler of the 600-MW Kakatiya thermal power project (stage-two) at Bhupalapalli was also lighted-up in May this year.
“We are planning to start 600-MW generation at Bhupalapalli next month and 1,200-MW generation at Jaipur in February/March next year,” Chairman and Managing Director of TS-Genco D. Prabhakar Rao stated.