R-Powers first 600-MW plant in Sasan now up & running

Written by feBureau | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 12 2013, 06:45am hrs
The Anil Ambani-controlled Reliance Power has started generating electricity from the first 660 MW unit at its flagship 4,000-MW Sasan power plant in Madhya Pradesh.

In September, R-Power began producing from two blocks, Moher and Moher-Amroli extensions, that it had been allotted to fuel the power plant, six months ahead of schedule. These two blocks are expected to produce 20 million tonnes of coal annually.

The company, which currently has an operating capacity of 1,840 MW, also recently won a forest clearance to start mining from a third block, Chattrasal, in the region.

The power project came under scrutiny after CAG alleged that R-Power had unduly benefited to the tune of R29,000 crore from a government decision that allowed the company to use surplus coal from its captive block for another project it was not meant for.

The power producer won a bidding process to develop a 3,960-MW power plant at Sasan in 2007, the first domestic coal-based ultra mega power plant (UMPP) awarded by the government.

Coal mines in the Moher, MoherAmroli extensions and Chhatrasal were transferred to the company to power the plant. The R23,000-crore project's first 660 MW unit was synchronised on March 9. The plant has been connected to the national grid and the company expects to complete all six units of 660 MW each ahead of schedule.The power from the project will be sold to 14 distribution firm across 7 states, R-Power said.