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Private Sector Achieves 69.5% of Power Generation Target during 11th Plan Print E-mail
Written by Anand   
Saturday, 13 August 2011
New Delhi: A capacity of 19796.5 MW in private sector has been targeted for commissioning during 11th Five Year Plan as per the Mid-Term Appraisal.  Minister of State for Power Shri K.C. Venugopal informed that 69.5% of the target has already been achieved till 10.8.2011. He said that during the 11th Five Year Plan a capacity of 13761 MW (Thermal: 13069 MW & Hydro: 692 MW) has been added by the private sector till 10.8.2011.

He said the Government has set up intensive multi-tier monitoring mechanism to review the progress of power projects including those in private sector.

Central Electricity Authority (CEA) continuously monitors the progress through frequent site visits and interaction with the developers and equipment suppliers for EPC contract. CEA holds review meetings with the developers and other stakeholders and highlights the critical issues.

A Power Project Monitoring Panel (PPMP) has been set up by the Ministry of Power for monitoring of Thermal and Hydro Generation projects targeted for commissioning during the 11th Plan along with the associated transmission schemes as a follow-up of the decision taken during conference of Chief Ministers held in 2007.

Regular reviews are undertaken by the Government at various levels including Ministry of Power, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Planning Commission and Cabinet Secretariat to identify the constraint areas and facilitate faster resolution of inter- ministerial and other outstanding issues.

All stakeholders have been sensitized towards enlarging the vendor base so as to meet the Balance of Plants (BoP) requirements. To overcome the shortage of skilled manpower, ‘Adopt an ITI’ initiative has been taken up.

Ultra Mega Power Projects

The work on four coal based Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs), each with capacity of about 4000 MW have already been awarded and transferred to the identified developers and are at different stages of implementation. The four UMPPs are Sasan in Madhya Pradesh, Mundra in Gujarat, Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Tilaiya in Jharkhand.

Shri Venugopal said the benefits of these projects are to come in 12th Plan, however, as per the present status of development of the projects, two units of Mundra UMPP are expected to come up in 11th Plan. He said presently two UMPPs namely Sarguja in Chhattishgarh and Bedabahal in Orissa are in the bidding process. The Minister said that the site for setting up of one UMPP in Tamil Nadu has been finalized at Cheyyur in Kanchipuram district and for the second UMPP in Andhra Pradesh at Nayunipalli village in Prakasham district. The other UMPPs proposed are in Karnataka, Maharashtra, two additional UMPPs in Orissa, one additional UMPP each in Gujarat, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu. Shri Venugopal said the initiation of bidding process in these UMPPs is contingent upon site finalization, the availability of necessary inputs/clearances from the State Government, Ministry of Environment and Forests and Ministry of Coal (for pit-head projects).

Steps Taken to Improve Power Scenario

Shri Venugopal said that 2036 MW of hydro power projects and 10350.7 MW of thermal power projects are running behind schedule and are likely to slip from their respective 11th Plan Mid-Term Appraisal capacity addition target. However, he said a number of steps have been taken to improve the power scenario during the remaining period of the Eleventh Five Year Plan and beyond. These include augmentation of manufacturing capacity of BHEL from 10,000 MW in December, 2007 to 20,000 MW by 2012; periodic review of issues related to supply of power equipment from BHEL by a Group under the chairmanship of Secretary (Heavy Industry); formation of several new joint ventures to manufacture supercritical boilers and turbine-generators for thermal power plants; bulk ordering of 11 units of 660 MW each with supercritical technology with mandatory phased indigenous manufacturing programme to promote indigenous manufacturing; sensitization of stakeholders to enlarge the vendors base to meet Balance of Plants requirements; rigorous monitoring of projects at different levels including by Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority, Power Project Monitoring Panel and Advisory Group under the chairmanship of Minister of Power; and introduction of web-based monitoring system.

As against the mid-term appraisal capacity addition target of 62374 MW for the 11th Plan, a capacity of 40131 MW has been commissioned during the 11th Plan till 5th August, 2011. This is roughly double the capacity addition achieved during the 10th Five Year Plan.

The Minister informed that the capacity addition target for the 12th Five Year Plan has not yet been finalized. He said, the Planning Commission has set up a Working Group on Power under the chairmanship of Secretary (Power) for formulation of the 12th Five Year Plan which after holding consultations with various stakeholders will work out the capacity addition programme for the 12th Plan. Based on this the Planning Commission will finalize the target for the Twelfth Plan.

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