The first unit of the 1980MW Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd (TSPL) became operational, adding 660MW to the national grid that might help fulfill the anticipated demand of 10,000MW per day during June and July.
Earlier, the first unit of the 700MW super-critical (2x700MW) Rajpura thermal power plant was made operational on a trial basis. Besides, the third power project, GVK’s Goindwal plant, will become operational shortly as the coal supply issue has been resolved.
The TSPL will provide cheapest power to the state for years to come. This largest and green power plant in the state has added more than 12 million units of power yesterday itself.
Meanwhile, Union ministry of power had acceded to the state’s request and issued a notification asking Coal India Ltd to sign Fuel Supply Agreements (FSA) to include the Unit-1 of Talwandi Sabo TPP and Unit-1 of Rajpura TPP for 2013-14, besides Talwandi Sabo TPP unit-2 & 3 and Rajpura TPP Unit-2 for 2014-15. Earlier, the Union power ministry had not included fuel linkage and signing of FSA for Talwandi Sabo Unit-2 & 3 and Rajpura unit-2 in the year 2014-15 and had pushed them to 2015-16.
The government has tied up for short-term power of 1,315 MW for June and 1,350 MW for July, 2014.