Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MoS for Energy, New and Renewable Energy, on Wednesday, said that the Maharashtra government will soon shut down all the power stations which have been running for more than 30 years in a phased manner. These closed stations will be replaced with the new ones with increased power generation capacity, he added.
As per PTI, the state minister also said that the government will start working on commissioning a new 660 MW thermal power plant at Bhusawal in less than two months after closing down an existing facility there. Further in his statement, Bawankule also stated that the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) will shut down its existing 210 MW power plant at Bhusawal in Jalgaon district.
As per the report, e-tendering and other paper works of the new plant have already been completed. The construction of the plant will be started with the next one-and-a-half months and orders have been place with power equipment maker BHEL. All these power station which are more than 30 years old will be closed down in a phased manner and new mega power stations with increased power generation capacity will be built.
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As per a report by Indian Express, MAHAGENCO, over the last one year, had shut down two units of 210 MW each at the Chandrapur plant, one 210 MW unit at Parli power plant and one 200 MW unit at Koradi power plant.
Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new plant at Koradi has a capacity of 3,300 MW. MAHAGENCO officials said that the generation company was planning to replace the rest with supercritical units, Indian Express reported earlier.
Bawankule further stated that the entire exercise will be undertaken without affecting the current power generation and capacity. He also informed that a new plant with 660 MW capacity will come up at Umred in Nagpur district.