Energy is one of the most critical components of infrastructure development that is a major catalyst for the economic growth and well-being of a nation. CM Sukhbir Singh Badal has fulfilled his government’s promise of making Punjab power surplus state by reviving the industry in the historical town of Sri Goindwal Sahib and prepared a comprehensive plan to allot land to industrial giants to set up their units.
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) signed a MoU with GVK Power Ltd for this project to be located in the holy town of Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district. Goindwal Sahib thermal power project in Tarn Taran district of Punjab has estimated at Rs 4,573 crore by GVK Power .The project envisions power sharing between the PSEB and GVK Power Ltd on a long term basis for a period of 25 years.
GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd (GVKPIL) has set up a 660 Mw thermal power project at Goindwal Sahib at a project cost of about Rs 3000 crore. GVK, with its proficient power plants and backward incorporation, is committed to contributing its share to the country’s energy bank. Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned the second 270MW thermal unit at the Goindwal Sahib coal-fired thermal power project in Punjab.
GVK had enlisted BHEL for the Goindwal Sahib project under design, engineering, manufacture, supply and erection and commissioning of steam turbine and implement the project. BHEL is also responsible for providing controls and instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).
A Swiss company, IMR Metallurgical Resources from South Africa supplied coal for this project . The GVK company has also been allocated with 12 lakh tons of unused coal by Coal India Limited (CIL), to be procured at a higher rate than the existing prices, till the imported coal arrives.
The coal for this project is used from an allocated captive coal block (Tokisud Coal Mine). It is the first power project in the state which is being developed by a private developer. The power generated at this project is to the tune of 3,850 MUs at the station Bus Bar at 80 per cent Plant Load Factor.
The Punjab government planned a comprehensive program of generating capacity addition at Goindwal Sahib Thermal Power Project (660 Mw) in order to meet the peak demand that is 9,000 MW. With the coming up of this project, there is a considerable improvement in the power supply position of the state and it has also enabled PSEB to provide reliable supply to the consumers.