India Power Corporation plans to start commercial generation at its 450 mw thermal power plant in Haldia in September.
The company is setting up three units of 150 mw each and the first one is expected to start commercial generation by September 30, the company said. The second and third units are slated to be commissioned three months and six months hence, respectively.
“The project has already obtained all requisite clearances including environmental clearance, consent for establishment, water allocation and coal linkage. Boundary wall has been completed, and the intake pump house and the pipeline are on the verge of completion,” the company said in a statement.
Construction activities are in full swing. Boiler drum lifting, one of the major milestones, was achieved on December 4, 2014 for Unit I and February 23, 2015 for Unit II.
Companies working on the project include Bharat Heavy Electricals, Simplex, ABB, Scorpio, Energo, Paharpur, Ramky, WPIL, Raunaq and Honeywell.
Power generated from the plant shall be evacuated through West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company’s (WBSETCL) 220 KV substation in Haldia.
The project has been designed with advanced technologies to reduce environmental impact and optimise project cost. One such technology is over-the-ground coal mixing, to maintain the calorific value of the fuel. Another innovation is the controlling of the entire system on the same platform for better efficiency of the power plant, the company said.
Also, fly ash generated from the plant will be used to manufacture cement, thereby reducing the environmental impact, it said.