Ultra mega power project for Sundargarh and Balangir

April 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report by PTI and taken from DNA:

 Union power ministry is likely to float a request for quotation (RFQ) soon for the proposed 4000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Bedabahal in Orissa’s Sundargarh district, official sources said today.

The decision was taken after the state government identified 3,000 acres of land, they said adding Orissa chief secretary TK Mishra and union power ministry’s joint secretary ICP Keshari held a meeting yesterday to finalise location of the proposed UMPP.

During the meeting, Keshari raised issues relating to land acquisition and water availability for the proposed plant.

Chief secretary has assured all help including acquisition of land for the first UMPP in the state, Keshari told reporters.

The state government, facing acute shortage of power this summer in view low generation of electricity from its hydel projects, is likely to get about 1300 MW from the 4000 MW UMPP, Orissa’s energy secretary PK Jena said.

While MOP was about to begin work for its Rs16,000 crore UMPP in Sundargarh district, two more such units would also come up in the state, he said, adding that of total 10 proposed UMPPs having generation capacity of about 40,000 MW in the country, three would be located in Orissa.

A high level central team was scheduled to visit the state on April 19 for identification of the locations of two other UMPPs to be set up in Balangir and Bhadrak district.

The state was likely to avail about 5,300 MW of electricty from the three UMPPs at a concession, Jena said.

Though Orissa was currently availing only 10% of the power being generated from NTPC’s different units in Bhubaneshwar, the state government had been demanding to increase the state’s share to 50%, sources said.

Entry filed under: Balangir, Industries and Environmental Issues, Industries and mineral resources, Infrastructure, Region watch, Sundergarh, Thermal power plant.

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