Uttar Pradesh to Set Up 1,600 MW Power Plant in Anpara

01 Nov 2023

IIn order to improve the energy sector, the Yogi Adityanath government plans to build a 1,600 MW plant in Anpara. On Monday, the state-owned UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL) approved a proposal to establish Anpara E in the Sonbhadra district. Meja Utpadan Nigam Limited, a joint venture of UPRVUNL and NTPC, would put up the project.

The project will cost Rs 18,624 crore, according to UPRVUNL chairman Ashish Goel. The corporation, on the other hand, provided no timetable for project implementation. The plan has now been forwarded to the state government for approval. The UPRVUNL owns the Anpara-A, B, and D units, which have a combined capacity of 2630 MW. Lanco's Anpara-C project has a capacity of 1200 MW.

The decision to build another power unit was made during a review meeting organized by UPRVUNL to analyze the status of the state's current coal-fired thermal power facilities. UPRVUNL has completed continuing coal firing testing in the initial units of the new thermal projects, Obra C (2x660 MW) and Jawaharpur (2x660 MW), according to Goel. ?Instructions have been given to start regular power generation from these units soon,? he said.

On November 18, the corporation also completed the boiler light up experiment of the 660 MW Panki thermal project near Kanpur. According to Goel, instructions have been provided to begin power generation from the unit by next summer. Work on the Panki facility began in 2017, shortly after the BJP administration took power. The project, however, was significantly delayed, much to the chagrin of the energy department.

Attempts to restart other thermal power plants have failed in the past as well. Goel has asked officials to guarantee that the ongoing and planned unit overhauls at the Anpara, Parichha, and Obra thermal projects are finished on time by January 24.

The firm has also emphasized the importance of obtaining critical/insurance spares to keep the units operational in the long run. Goel stated that required steps should be taken to utilize the ash released by thermal power plants in conformity with the environment ministry's rules.

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