India coal-fired plant to add 800 MW unit

India’s environment ministry has given the go-ahead for a third unit at a coal-fired power plant in the city of Chennai.

The 800 MW unit is to be added to the existing 1830 MW North Chennai Thermal Power Station (pictured), operated by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

The new unit represents the first 800 MW project in Tamil Nadu state.

A spokesman with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) was quoted by The Times of India as saying: “The tenders for constructing boiler, turbine and generator as well as for civil works have been finalized and are ready to be awarded.”

TANGEDCO initially applied for permission to develop the third unit in 2012, with a proposed completion date of 2017.

The unit is now expected to come online in 2019 or 2020 “if the project gets underway this year,” according to the TNEB spokesman.  

Image credit: Prateek Rungta/Wikipedia  

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