Reliance Power taps Black & Veatch for Samalkot power plant design in India

Source: Black & Veatch

Reliance Power has selected Black & Veatch to design its INR 10,000-crore (approximately US$2 billion) Samalkot power plant. When completed, the facility will be the largest plant of its kind in India. It will produce the energy equivalent to power more than two million homes and support economic development across the region. 

“The power sector has one of the most important roles in the development of a country,” said Mohan Tahiliani, Vice President in Black & Veatch’s global energy business. “The availability of reliable and affordable power is critical for India’s sustainable economic development.” 

The facility will provide much needed additional generation to India’s southern grid. Recent reports estimate that electric supply shortages in southern India resulted in a 30-35 percent production loss for the manufacturing industry in 2010. 

Initial construction work has commenced and the new plant is planned to start generating power early in 2012. This aggressive schedule requires superior project execution for successful completion. 

“This is a very fast-track undertaking. In awarding us this project, Reliance has demonstrated confidence in Black & Veatch’s ability to meet complex challenges with quality output in an efficient and timely manner,” Tahiliani added. 

The new power plant will be made up of three power blocks, each consisting of two 9FA GE natural gas combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. Each block will have a capacity of 833 megawatts. 

The initial capacity of the Reliance Power’s Samalkot power plant is 2,500 megawatts with the possibility of future expansion to 3,600 megawatts. The plant will be fuelled primarily by local, natural gas reserves.

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