Tamil Nadu’s first 800 mw supercritical thermal power plant is expected to go on stream by mid-2019. Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the R6,376-crore power project, which will come up in Thiruvallur district.
Power equipment major BHEL bagged order worth R2,759 crore to supply boiler, turbine and generator.
According to an official release, electricity is key for agriculture and industrial growth as demand for power from these two sectors are growing rapidly. Besides, the state government also set a target to make Tamil Nadu as power-surplus state. To achieve this vision the state has lined up several projects and one among them is the new 800 mw North Chennai project.
The project will come in a 250 acre of land at the same location where North Chennai I & II are being set up.
In the last four years, an additional power of 6239.5 mw has been added to grid by commissioning of new power stations in state and central sectors and through medium and long term power purchase agreements.
According to the policy note of energy department, the present average demand of power in the state is around 12500 mw-12700 mw. It is expected to go up to 13800 mw by the end of 2016.