1200-mw power plant in Hisar may start in Dec

Written by Charanjit Ahuja | Chandigarh | Updated: Feb 1 2009, 05:02am hrs
The commission of the first phase of the prestigious 1,200-mw Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in the Hisar district of Haryana is likely by December this year, much ahead of schedule.

Ashok Lavasa, financial commissioner and principal secretary, power, Haryana, who just reviewed the progress of construction of the 2x600 mw projects, said more than 60% of the work had been completed and the first unit would be commissioned in a record 35 months from the letter of intent (LOI), and the second in 38 months from the LOI (March 2010).

About Rs 1,439.05 crore have so far been spent on this project against total engineering, procurement and construction cost of Rs 3,775.43 crore. The total project cost is estimated at Rs 4,297 crore. Officials claimed that a greenfield project of this capacity takes at least 39 to 42 months for commissioning.

The first project to be awarded the mega-project status in the northern region under the mega project policy of the central government, the cost of Rs 3.19 crore per mw for this project would be the lowest in the country and is being talked about as a new benchmark. With the commissioning of these two units, the state will provide an additional 288 lakh units per day to its consumers. The energy generated will be supplied to an additional 4.4 lakh consumers, who constitute 11% of the existing consumer base.

Lavasa, who is also chairman of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation, claimed that next major milestone of boiler hydraulic test of unit-1 is expected to be achieved ahead of scheduled. Earlier, the major milestone of boiler drum lifting of unit-2 was achieved 22 days ahead of scheduled date.