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India makes progress on UMPP front

Em News Bureau ,  Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 11:56 Hrs  [IST]

Mundra UMPPThere was encouraging news from the UMPP front in March when India’s first two projects – Sasan and Mundra – made demonstrable progress. While the 4,000-mw Mundra project developed by the Tata Group announced full commissioning, the first unit of the 6x660-mw Sasan project of the Reliance (ADAG) Group was synchronized to grid.

The 4,000-mw Mundra UMPP is India’s first fully commissioned UMPP. Developed by Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, the Mundra project has deployed 800-mw power generation units based on supercritical technology. These 800-mw units are the highest-capacity units to be used in Indian power plants. The first unit of the 5x800-mw plant was commissioned in March 2012.

Power from the Mundra UMPP will be sold to utilities in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. The coastally-located Mundra plant will run on coal imported from Indonesia.

Sasan: The first unit of the 6x660-mw Sasan UMPP was synchronized to grid on March 9, 2013. The Sasan project would also be the first integrated coal mine and super-critical power plant to be commissioned in India and the largest integrated power plant and coal mine project in the world, with an estimated investment of over Rs.23,000 crore.

Coal production has already commenced from the Moher and Moher-Amlohri coal mines and Chhatrasal coal block has also received forest clearance and is under development. The electricity generated from the project would be sold to 14 distribution companies across seven states benefiting an estimated 35 crore people.
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