Close on the heels of the solution to the coal crisis, there is another relief for the power corporation as the Talwandi Sabo thermal powerplant began commercial operation from Thursday.
Though the state government had inaugurated the project in the first week of December 2013, it took six months to start the power generation.
This will add around 600 MW power on a daily basis to the Punjab power generation capacity from within the state.
The first unit of 660 MW of the 1,980 MW power plant project got synchronised with the national grid.
After L&T’s Rajpura thermal power project, it’s the second private plant that has become operational. The third private power project — GVK’s Goindwal project is complete but it is not operational due to the coal issue.
KD Chaudhri, chairman cum managing director, Punjab State Power Cor poration Limited (PSPCL), said the first unit of 660 MW of Talwandi Sabo power limited at Banawala village in Mansa district had started production and supplied 500 MW of power to the grid since Thursday morning. “The unit may reach 660 MW production within a day or two,” he added.
The CMD said it would be a big relief for the people of Punjab, who are suffering from the sweltering heat. With the Talwandi Sabo project providing power to the state in addition to the Rajpura ther mal plant, consumers, especially farmers, would benefit.
The power plant at Banawala, built by Vedanta Group at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore, is the largest private sector investment in Punjab, and is poised to be one of the greenest power plants in the country.