With signing the fuel supply agreements (FSA) for 1980MW Talwandi Sabo and 1400MW Rajpura thermal plants, both the power hubs will start producing huge power, by the end of this year, enabling Punjab a power-surplus state, a dream of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Though the opposition parties are criticising the government for delay, but with signing of FSA, a unit each of both these plants will start functioning by December.
Sukhbir in 2007 elections had promised to make Punjab a power-surplus state by 2010. However, it took almost seven years to achieve the goal.
"The first unit of both the plants will be operational by December and Punjab will become a power-surplus state," said KD Chaudhary, chairman cum managing director, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).
Chaudhary added that it is a significant milestone for both the plants, that paves the way for continuous operation of the power plants.
Sources said, FSA for Talwandi Sabo Thermal Plant has been signed for a quantity of 7.72 million tonnes per year which will be made available to the plant from Vasundhra Coal Field Mines, Sambalpur, Orissa and for the Rajpura plant the deal has been signed for 5.5 million tonnes per year which will be made available from mines in Raigarh, Bilaspur.
Both Talwandi and Rajpura plants are using critical technology that helps generate more power for the same quantity of coal and reduce pollution.
"The Talwandi plant is expected to start generating power by November and the Rajpura plant's first unit will start commissioning by first week of December," he said.
Once the power plants start functioning, there will be no shortage of power in Punjab and it will soon emerge as a power-surplus state helping PSPCL to trade power in energy exchanges across the country, Chaudhary claimed.