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Equipment shortage may hit XI Plan power targets

Ten power projects that could have added 4,296 megawatts of electricity in the ongoing 11th Plan period have become enmeshed in tardy project implementation, reports Samiran Saha.

business Updated: Dec 18, 2007 21:44 IST
Samiran Saha

Ten power projects that could have added 4,296 megawatts of electricity in the ongoing 11th Plan period have become enmeshed in tardy project implementation by the equipment manufacturing companies.

Five of the 10 projects were supposed to take off in 2006, while the rest were supposed to start this year. All these projects are delayed to at least the middle of next year.

These include four coal-based thermal power projects (with a total capacity of 1,660 MW), three gas-based projects (2,037 MW), two hydro power projects (379 MW) and one nuclear power project (220 MW).

In a note prepared by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) regarding capacity addition during the 11th Plan period the agency has attributed the delay in execution of these projects to a variety of reasons ranging from delay in supply of high pressure parts, to lack of manpower to non-availability of gas to kick start these projects.

State-run Bharat Heavy Electrical was scheduled to commission four of these power projects starting 2006 but these projects are now likely to take off in 2008. The delay in commissioning these projects as cited by CEA are primarily due to delay in supply of crucial parts lack of gas supplies and lack of skilled manpower.

The projects to be commissioned by BHEL include Chandrapura 2x250 MW in Jharkhand and the 250 MW Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant in Punjab and the 250 MW Jindal power plant in Chattisgarh.

The power equipment manufacturing giant has come under a lot of flak from the CEA for the delay in commissioning the projects. “We have been experiencing large slippages in supplies and commissioning of units being executed by BHEL mainly due to delay in supplies, shortage of manpower, deployment of inadequate construction machinery and delay in placement of orders for balance of plants and other sub-contracts. BHEL has been shifting the commissioning schedules,” the CEA has said in its report.

The CEA has proposed the commissioning one more large power plant manufacturing unit with super critical technology to meet the 12th Plan targets.