Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the 2640 MW Sembcorp Gayathri Power Complex (SGPC) being setup at an investment of Rs. 20,000 crore near Nellore. The power complex houses two 1,320MW super critical coal-fired power plants; Thermal Powertech Corporation India Ltd (TPCIL) which commenced operations in September 2015 and NCC Power Projects Ltd (NCPPL) which is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
Nellore now has 11 power plants generating about 15,550 MW including those from AP Genco, Meenakshi, Simhapuri, Reliance and Kineta. This is the largest capacity of energy generated in a single district. The Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex alone can meet 40% of the daily energy demand of entire state of Andhra Pradesh.
About 10 to 11 million tonnes of coal from Krishnapatnam port travels the 7-km distance to the plant via conveyor belt and the locals often express environmental and health concerns. Sembcorp CEO Tang Kin Fei, however claims that the plant has been designed according to World Health Organisation standards with minimal emissions and also plans to build a plant to use fly ash coming from the plant to make light weight concrete components and eventually concrete panels and modular housing.
French company GDF Suez SA acquired 74% stake in the 1,000 MW coal-fired power project owned by Meenakshi Energy and Infrastructure Holdings Pvt. Ltd in Andhra Pradesh. The deal size is expected to be around Rs.650 crore.
Meenakshi will retain 26% stake in the Rs.6,000 crore power project, fueled by imported coal. 300MW is already operational while the remaining 700MW capacity is expected to be commissioned by 2015.
The 800 MW first phase boiler of APGENCO was lit up yesterday in its Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station at Nelaturu village near Krishnapatnam in SPSR Nellore district. First unit of power generation is expected to start in the next three months. Officials are hopeful of completing the second 800 MW unit by April next year.
NCC Power Projects Limited has chosen ABB to design, engineer, install and commission the electrical balance of plant (EBoP) as well as a 400-kilovolt (kV) gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substation at its1320 MW coal based thermal power plant near Krishnapatnam, Nellore. The plant is scheduled for completion in 2014. The order is valued at $38 million.
ABB recently delivered a similar EBoP solution for AP Genco’s new 1,600 MW Damodaram Sanjeevaiah super-critical power plant, Nelatur near Krihnapatnam, Nellore.
A 60 MW coal based thermal power plant is being set up by Nekkanti Power near Kothapatnam village of Kota mandal in SPSR Nellore district. The plant is being setup at an estimated investment of Rs300 crore. 24 acres of land has already been acquired near Kothapatnam, The project is awaiting environmental clearance.
After a work progress review yesterday, officials of the APGENCO have informed that work at the 2 X 800MW, Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station at Nelatur village, Nellore is 50% complete. The work is on track to be completed by mar-2013.
Madhucon Infra Limited, a subsidiary of Madhucon Projects Limited is setting up a 1,920 MW coal based power project near Nellore ( Thamminapatnam village, SPSR Nellore District near Krishnapatnam Port) through a special purpose vehicle Simhapuri Energy Pvt Ltd. Phase-I construction of of 300 MW is complete in all respects. Boiler light up process has commenced and the company is now heading towards synchronization of Phase – I.
Another 300 MW Phase – II is planned to be commissioned by August, 2012. Simhapuri Energy has also applied for clearances for its 1320 MW Phase – III and hope to start the commissioning activities by 3rd or 4th quarter of 2012.
The Hyderabad based engineering and construction company NCC Ltd. has achieved financial closure for the 1,320 MW, Rs.7,000-crore greenfield thermal power plant coming up in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
The debt component of Rs 5,300 crore is led by a consortium of Rural Electrification Corporation with Rs.1,900 crore, Power Finance Corporation pitching in with Rs.1,700 crore along with ICICI Bank and others. The company may consider taking up second phase of 1,320 MW at the same location.
The company said the project would be executed through a special purpose vehicle in a joint venture with Gayatri Projects, another Hyderabad based infrastructure company. The power project mandate was secured from Nelcast Ltd, which had the permission to develop the project. The equity contribution was also finalized. NCC will chip in with Rs.350 crore, while Gayatri and other sources will contribute the rest.
The company said the boilers will be supplied by Harbin of China and NCC itself will act as EPC and balance plant services provider. It is proposed to commission the first unit in 39 months and second unit in 42 months. It is said that all mandatory clearances for the project are in place.