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Adani Power set to commission 3rd Tiroda unit this month

Adani Power Maharashtra Ltd, which has synchronised its two units at Tiroda in Gondia district, is all set to commission its third unit later this month, a senoir company official has said. The power plant in Gondia, 150 km from here, ran into trouble when the coal block alloted to it in Lohara near Tadoba forest (Chandrapur) was cancelled on environmental grounds.

However, Adani Power Maharashtra, a 100-per cent subsidiary of Adani Power, which drew up a plan to set up a 3,300-mw plant (5x660), decided to go ahead with coals imports, seeking coal linkage from Coal India Ltd and an alternative coal block exclusively for its Tiroda plant.

The first two units were synchronised on 28 August, 2012 and 30 January, 2013, and the third one will go full steam later this month, Tiroda Plant Head O P Bhardwaj told reporters here on Frdiay. The thermal power plant is the biggest in central India and the first supercriticial technology-based unit, he said.

Spread over 540 hectares of land, the plant erection work started in February 2009 and Adani Power was importing about three millon coal annually to run the show. Now, the company is in the process of seeking new coal block in nearby area via fresh bidding and also seeking coal linkage from the Coal Ministry through Coal India. The Fuel Supply Agreement will be carried out soon, Bhardwaj said.

Senior Vice-President Ajit Bordia from company headquarters in Ahmedabad, who was also present, said when all the five units are commissioned, Maharashtra will be a power surplus state.

The company is also seeking review of power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state government as present cost of production was too high against the PPA when coal supply from Lohara was assured, he said.
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