Adani Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd and part of the Adani Group, on Thursday announced commissioning of the third unit of 660 megawatt (MW) at its super critical technology-based power plant in Tiroda, Maharashtra.

With this, the company’s total generation capacity has risen to 7,260 MW.

Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd, a unit of Adani Power Ltd, is constructing a 3,300 MW (5 X 660 MW) thermal power plant in Tiroda. It has already commissioned the first two units of 660 MW each in 2012-13, achieving its current generation capacity of 1,980 MW.

The third unit was commissioned within a record time of 20 days from synchronisation, as against an industry standard of three months, a company official said.

Biggest facility

The Tiroda project is set to emerge as Maharashtra’s biggest power generation facility that will help the State meet its electricity demand. The Adani Group is the highest contributor of power generation capacity in the private sector since the beginning of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan.

Group Chairman Gautam Adani said the commissioning of generation units on a regular schedule is a great achievement despite immense challenges faced on the fuel supply and regulatory front. “I am confident that Adani Power will emerge as India’s largest private thermal power producer by achieving a capacity of nearly 10,000 MW by March 2014. We aim to generate 20,000 MW by 2020.”

“The company’s project management team has acquired expertise that enables speedy execution of large infrastructure power generation projects, said Vineet Jain, CEO, Adani Power Ltd.

clean development

The first two units (2X 660 MW) at Tiroda are also going to be registered for clean development mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Apart from this, Adani Power has commissioned one of the largest amorphous silicon thin-film solar power projects in a record time of six months as part of clean power initiatives, he said.

Adani Power Ltd now has a total generation capacity of 7,260 MW, including 4,620 MW from the Mundra project in Gujarat, which is the world’s largest private thermal power plant, and 660 MW from Kawai Power Plant in Rajasthan.

The company has also recently commissioned India’s largest private High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission system connecting Mundra power plant to northern India.

Capacity

Adani Power expects to increase its power generation capacity from 5,320 MW at the start of 2013 to 9,280 MW by the end of 2013. It is currently developing six power projects across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

(This article was published on June 20, 2013)
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