New power projects for coop sugar mills

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Chandigarh, Jul 8 (UNI) New power generation projects, which would generate a total of 150 MW of power, would be set up in all 10 cooperative sugarmills of Haryana.

These projects would supply a total of about 100 MW of power to the State grid, Haryana Cooperation Minister H S Chatha said today.

A 16 MW project would be commissioned in Rohtak Sugar mills by November 2008. Tenders to set up three such power projects at Shahabad (25 MW), Palwal (14 MW) and Jind (14 MW) had already been floated, he said.

Cooperative sugar mills of the state had recorded a sugar recovery of 9.59 per cent showing an increase of 0.39 per cent as compared to that of last year, thus yielding an additional sugar worth Rs 15 crore without any extra expenditure.

Mr Chatha said these mills had also recorded a fuel saving of 2.23 per cent, which was the highest during the last six years, thus saving about Rs 2.43 crore.

Also, the capacity utilisation of these mills was 106 per cent which was the highest during last seven years.

The Minister said cooperative sugar mills of the state had purchased 337 lakh quintals of sugarcane worth Rs 439 crore.

He said 98 per cent payments had already been made to the suppliers of sugarcane and the remaining two per cent payments would be made by July 15.

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