First 525MW coal-fired Unit ready for operation at Tata Power's Maithon plant

Source: Tata Power

Tata Power, India's largest integrated private power utility announced the successful achievement of full load generation of the 525 megawatt (MW) Unit 1 at the Maithon Power plant in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. The full load generation was achieved after the successful synchronization of the unit under the requisite standard requirements. Unit 1 was scheduled to achieve commercial operation by H1 of FY12.

Maithon Power Ltd is a 74:26 Joint Venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The Maithon plant will implement 2 x 525 MW coal-fired power Units for a total generating capacity of 1,050 MW. MPL is the first successful public-private partnership in green field generation project in the country.

Speaking on this milestone, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “The achievement of full load capacity at Unit 1 of Maithon on coal is a significant milestone. I would to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Jharkhand, DVC, Government of India in helping us at various stages. The team of engineers, associates and the locals involved have put in their relentless efforts in bettering the project deadlines.”

MPL has firmed up fuel supplies from Coal India Limited and its subsidiaries. Fuel supply agreement (FSA) has been signed with Bharat Coking Coal Limited for supply of coal to the project.

The project has received all the statutory clearances including environment clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). The Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) has been signed and power evacuation arrangement has been put in place by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. In addition to supplying power to DVC, power from the Maithon Project is to be exported to power deficit northern states.

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