Super Thermal Plant to be commissioned by June 2012

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Vijayawada, Jul 1 (UNI) The country's second 800 mw Super Thermal Power Plant would be commissioned at Krishnapatinam in Andhra Pradesh by June 2012, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power Jairam Ramesh said.

Speaking at a function, in connection with the laying of foundation stone for the India's first power plant using Integrated Thermal Power station in Ibrahimpatnam near here today, he said the power plant with 125 mw capacity was being set up by BHEL and APGENCO on a joint venture basis using BHEL technology.

The plant was useful for high ash Indian coals that would cost around Rs 950 crore, of which Rs 420 crore would come from BHEL and the remaining from APGENCO, which were scheduled for commissioning in mid-2011.

He said that the NTPC had recently established a 'clean coal technology research and engineering group' and it would sign an agreement with BHEL for setting up India's second IGCC technology power plant at Auriya in Uttar Pradesh and was expected to have a capacity of around 250 mw.

There were seven or eight IGCC plants in the 250-300 mw range in other countries like the USA, but they all use low ash coal, he added.

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