Amidst the ongoing coal and power shortages, India’s power generation capacity has crossed another important benchmark of 2 lakh mega watt (MW).
“With the commissioning of a 660-MW unit of a power plant in Jhajjar, Haryana, the country’s installed capacity has reached 2,00,287 MW,” said a statement from the power ministry.
Of the total installed capacity of 2,00,287 MW, around1,32,013 MW is coal based, 38,991 MW is hydro power, 4,780 MW nuclear and 24,503 MW of renewable power.
The power capacity addition during the last fiscal year (2011-12) alone stood at 20,501 MW capacity, out of which 5,482 MW was added in March alone.
“Power generation capacity is a challenge to the country if it has to achieve a 8%-plus growth rate and hence a lot of emphasis was placed in the 11th Plan on the timely capacity addition,” power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had told HT earlier.
During the 11th Plan, there was a capacity addition of 53,122 MW, more than two-and-a-half times of the 21,180 MW added during the 10th Plan.
“The capacity addition in the 11th Plan is close to the total cumulative achievement of 56.617 MW in the last 15 years,” a senior power ministry official told HT.
China firm inks $2.4-bn project
Power Construction Corporation of China on Friday said it had signed a $2.4-billion contract to build the second phase of a coal-fired power complex in south India that will help meet soaring local demand for electricity.
The second phase of the project for Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) will include the addition of four generators each with a capacity of 660 MW, the Chinese group said on its website.
The deal is an EPC contract, meaning Power Construction Corp will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction. It said the project will create more than 10,000 jobs in India and use power equipment made in China.
China has been playing an active role in power project construction overseas, particularly in developing countries, taking advantage of state financing as well as experience and technology acquired through three decades of economic boom.