Reject coal-based power plant to be set up in Chandrapur

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Nagpur, May 25 (UNI) The country's first reject coal-based power plant of 120-megawatt (MW) capacity and also the first aimed to be run solely on that fuel, is being set up in Chandrapur district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.

The city-based Gupta Energy Private Limited is setting up the plant (2 x 60) at Usegaon in Chandrapur district.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Gupta Energy Chairman Padmesh D Gupta said that at 120 MW, the plant would have the highest capacity for any, using coal washery rejects as the fuel in the entire country. ''Similar other plants have installed capacities of up to 15 MW. Besides, these are captive plants, while ours will be a merchant power plant,'' he said.

''We aim to use only coal washery rejects as fuel in the plant, which will be the first such attempt in the country. Such plants usually have a blend of reject coal and virgin coal as fuel,'' Mr Gupta said.

The plant was being set up at a cost of Rs 650 crore on 300 acres of land that has been acquired at the site, he also said.

Mr Gupta said that the company had entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tata Power Trading Company and the tariff would range between Rs 2.60 and Rs 3.55 per unit, depending upon the demand. The 120 MW plant is the first phase of the project, with another 135 MW unit planned to be set up later, the Chairman said.

The Hyderabad-based Maytas Infra Limited is the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for the project. The EPC agreement was signed yesterday. Maytas Infra Limited Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P K Madhav told reporters that as per the agreement, the project is to be completed within 20 months. The plant would use Circulation Fluidised Bed Combustion (CFBC) technology, with the boilers being acquired from Germany and the turbines from China, he said.

Gupta Energy is part of the Gupta Corporation Group of Nagpur, which is into coal mining, infrastructure development and power. The group's ongoing power projects include a 2 x 500 MW mega thermal power plant in Chattisgarh, 10 MW biomass power plant in Wardha district and two windmill plants in Tamil Nadu. Maytas Infra is part of the Satyam Group, which includes information technology giant Satyam Infotech.

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