Govt mulls 8 USCPPs to boost power output
After announcing the setting up of 12 ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) across the country to boost power supply, the government is now gearing up to take the initiative to the next level by setting up eight ultra supercritical power plants (USCPPs).
Making the announcement on the sidelines of a CII conference on power, S Seshadri, member of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) said, “The government is planning to set up eight plants across the country of 800 Mw each. We are planning to start the initiative by next year.”
Seshadri further added that to ensure a ready supply of materials and equipment (there are only two or three manufacturers in the world catering to USCPPs), the government also plans to concurrently mandate equipment manufacturers to set up shops in the country to cater to these projects.
At a global level, USCPPs are now the preferred option across Europe, US and China, given their higher efficiency levels compared to conventional boiler units, which results in the use of less coal per megawatt-hour. These projects operate at temperatures and pressures above the critical point of water, which enables them to deliver much higher levels of efficiency.