Sembcorp Industries has started commercial operations at the second 660MW unit of the $1.5bn, coal-fired power facility in the coastal town of Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India.
The first unit, with the same generation capacity, was commissioned in April. Around 500MW of the power output is being supplied to the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Power Distribution Companies under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Further, PPAs for its total energy production are expected to be signed in the future.
The dual unit project, totalling 1,320MW, is owned and operated by Thermal Powertech Corporation India (TPCIL).
Equity stakes for the TPCIL project are shared between Sembcorp subsidiary Sembcorp Utilities (67.4%) and Gayatri Energy Ventures (32.6%).
The facility is equipped with supercritical technology, which boosts its efficiency to meet the rising power demands in the southern parts of India. The technology is also expected to offer lower carbon emissions than other conventional coal-fired power facilities.
TPCIL CEO Atul Nargund said: "With this, the plant is fully operational with gross generation capacity of 1,320MW, helping to meet the increasing power demand in the southern states of India and supporting their economic growth."
Construction works for another 1,320MW coal-fired power facility located besides TPCIL is also underway, Sembcorp said. The firm holds a 49% stake in the second project, which is expected to start power production in 2016.
Sembcorp group president and CEO Tang Kin Fei said: "We now look forward to the completion of our second coal-fired power plant in Andhra Pradesh, which is expected in 2016.
"When fully operational, our two thermal power plants will generate a total of 2,640MW of gross capacity.
"This will help to meet the increasing power demand in India and particularly the southern states."
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