CLP India said the first unit of its 1,320-MW Jhajjar power plant in Haryana has become commercially operational.

“This is the first step towards the final commissioning of the project. We have been able to achieve synchronisation of the first unit and getting to full load in 41 months from the PPA (power purchase agreement) date,” Mr Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director, CLP India, said.

Mr Naveen Munjal, Director, Business Development (Conventional), said the second unit would be commercially operational in a month.

Ninety per cent of the Rs 6,000-crore (2 x 660 MW) plant's output is earmarked for Haryana and the balance for Delhi. The plant runs on domestic coal supplies from Coal India.

To minimise the environmental impact of the plant, CLP has decided to install flue gas desulphurisation (FGD). FGD units remove sulphur dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil-fuel power plants. CLP said this is being done at a significant cost though Indian regulations do not specify it.

CLP India bagged the Jhajjar project through international competitive bidding in March 2008. The project is also one of the first generation projects in India to be financed by a consortium of foreign banks with external commercial borrowing financing of $400 million.

murug@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 28, 2012)
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