The first 685MW unit of GMR Chhattisgarh Energy’s (GCEL) 1,370MW thermal power plant at Raikheda, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, has begun power generation.

Construction of the second unit is still under progress.

The first unit, which used fuel oil, successfully achieved synchronisation with the grid on 2 October.

This is the GMR’s first supercritical coal-based thermal power plant, which will supply power for Chhattisgarh.

GMR Group chairman GM Rao said, "The GCEL plant incorporates advanced supercritical technologies that optimise fuel and water
usage and support our commitment to environmental sustainability.

"GCEL is also making substantial efforts so that the quality of life of individuals residing in neighboring communities is enriched by its educational, health care, livelihood and grassroots infrastructure development focused CSR interventions."

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"In addition to Chhattisgarh, the facility will provide power to the neighbouring states."

Korean firm Doosan has implemented the project under several packages.

Since last year, GMR has commissioned two coal-based thermal power facilities, the 600MW EMCO Energy in Maharashtra and the 1,400MW GMR Kamalanga Energy in Odisha.

In 2008, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the GMR group and the Government of Chhattisgarh for the power facility.

The plant secured environment clearance and consent in 2011.

In addition to Chhattisgarh, the facility will provide power to the neighbouring states.

Currently, GMR Infrastructure has 15 power plants, of which eight are operational while the remaining are under several development stages, reports Live Mint.