1st 800 MW sized super critical Unit 1 operational
Tata Power’s wholly owned subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), which is setting up India’s first Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Mundra, Gujarat, has announced the commissioning of the country’s first 800 MW sized super critical Unit 1. Unit 1 was earlier synchronized with the national grid on 8th January 2012 and had achieved full load on 25th February 2012. The country’s first 800 MW Unit 1 has been ready for synchronization since 29th June 2011, awaiting transmission evacuation system from PGCIL, which got commissioned on 29th September 2011. Unit 1 was commissioned earlier today in a record 48 months of construction work starting on the project. Work on Unit 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the project is on track and progressing well.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sardana, MD, Tata Power said, “We are very happy to announce the commissioning of Unit 1, India’s first 800 MW sized super-critical unit. It is a momentous achievement and is a landmark event for our country. Mundra UMPP is a fine example of project execution excellence demonstrated by Team Tata Power. As the first step in generating the proposed 4000 MW power, which will benefit five states, we are proud to say that the work is on schedule. We are thankful to all the concerned authorities and our stakeholders for the support extended for setting up this project in time.”
The 4000 MW Mundra UMPP is the first of the UMPPs which heralds the entry of 800 MW super critical boiler technology in India which is environment friendly and efficient. The project site, approximately 1000 Hectares, is located south of Tunda Wand village in Mundra Taluka, Kutch district of Gujarat. The project consists of 5 units, each of 800 MW which will generate saleable power of 3800 MW to be supplied to five states viz. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. The super-critical technology and the choice of unit sizes will help the project achieve higher efficiency, thus saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions vis-à-vis conventional technology prevailing in the country.
Tata Power has always been a pioneer in the Indian power sector with an excellent performance track record. It has been a front runner in introducing state-of-the-art power technologies and setting benchmarks. Among its achievements, the Company has to its credit, the installation of India’s first 150 MW Unit and 500 MW Unit at Trombay, the first 150 MW pumped storage unit at Bhira, a Flue Gas De-sulphurization plant for pollution control at Trombay, and has brought the first 800 MW super-critical unit at Mundra, Gujarat.