Sembcorp unveils 2,640MW thermal power complex in India

28 February 2016 (Last Updated February 28th, 2016 18:30)

SembCorp and project partner Gayatri Energy Ventures has unveiled the 2,640MW Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex in Nellore in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

SembCorp and project partner Gayatri Energy Ventures has unveiled the 2,640MW Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex in Nellore in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The power complex was built at a cost of $3bn. Said to be the largest foreign direct investment-driven thermal energy project on a single site India, the complex houses two supercritical coal-fired power plants each with a power generation capacity of 1,320MW.

The first power plant, Thermal Powertech Corporation India (TPCIL), started full commercial operation in September 2015; while the second power plant, NCC Power Projects, is expected to become fully operational later this year.

"We are confident that our power complex will help to address the power demand in India and support the country's economic development."

Sembcorp group president and CEO Tang Kin Fei said: "We believe this is a significant step in helping to meet the increasing power needs in India.

"With our strong track record in both the thermal and renewable energy sectors, Sembcorp will continue supporting India in meeting its energy requirements, and in reaching its industrialisation and urbanisation goals."

The power complex uses supercritical technology to boost its efficiency to meet increasing power demand in the southern part of the country.

The technology is also expected to offer lower carbon emissions than other conventional coal-fired power facilities.

Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex CEO Atul Nargund said: "The launch of the Sembcorp Gayatri Power Complex is a significant milestone for Sembcorp in India.

"We are confident that our power complex will help to address the power demand in India and support the country's economic development."

Sembcorp has more than 3,500MW of thermal and renewable assets portfolio in operation and under development in the country.