Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has commissioned the first 660MW unit for the 1,980MW Lalitpur supercritical thermal power plant at Mirchwara in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India.
The supercritical power generation unit is the first of its kind in the state.
Based in the Lalitpur district of the Bundelkhand region, the power project is being developed by Lalitpur Power Generation Company (LPGCL).
The power unit installed at the site is a part of the agreement between LPGCL and the UP Government from 2010, to set-up three units each with a capacity of 660MW.
The other two 660MW units are in the advanced stage of completion, soon to be commissioned.
While Bhel has been appointed by LPGCL for the main plant, other important packages are being delivered by L&T, Simplex, and Paharpur, reports the Press Trust of India.
The project is in-line with the state government’s target of raising power availability to 20GW from the present 10GW by 2017.
LPGCL said: "LPGCL will contribute to this target and is expected to reduce the state’s dependence on the energy exchange and consequently lowering congestion on the tranmission network."
Additionally, Bhel is setting up three supercritical thermal units at Bara (three x 660MW) and the second 500MW unit at Anparain Uttar Pradesh, which are currently in the latter stages of completion.