Damaracherla thermal plant works begin

Written by | August 17, 2015 | 0

Hyderabad: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the company chosen in EPC method to design and execute the 4,400-MW ultra thermal power plant at Damaracherla in Nalgonda district, has commenced work on the project by taking up land levelling work, to begin with.

It is a major step forward towards the plans of Telangana Government to make the State self-reliant first and as surplus State later in the matter of power generation, which holds key for growth in industrial, commercial and agriculture sectors. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has given the environmental clearance for the project in July first week along the approval for utilisation of 4,731 acres land.

Works on the project are expected to gain momentum soon since the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has disbursed the loan of Rs.16,070 crore to the Telgana State Power Generation Corporation (TS-Genco) on August 11. “We are likely to release the first tranche of funds of about Rs.900 crore to BHEL in a couple of days, as an advance, so that the agency given the contract to execute the power project can speed up the work,” highly-placed official sources told The Hindu .

In the first phase, BHEL would set up 4,400-MW thermal power plant with two units of 600-MW each and four units of 800-MW each at Veerlapalem.

In the second phase, another 2,400-MW project at Dilawarpur would be set up as part of the ultra thermal power plant in Dameracherla mandal of Nalgonda, the sources explained.

“The site plan for the project has been approved and the letter of intent is already issued, besides completion of engineering and commercial discussions. The executing agency has also finalised tenders and is awaiting final clearance for issuance of tender notices for various works,” the sources stated.

Filed in: Hyderabad

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