Rel Power's Samalkot plant may take off early

Top Quote Reliance Power of Anil Ambani group expects to complete the 2,400 mw gas-fired power project at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh ahead of schedule, as the first batch of two gas turbines reached the project site a month in advance. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 22, 2011 - The project, which entails a capital outlay of Rs 10,000 crore, is considered the largest gas-based power plant in India.

    These gas turbines from General Electric reached Kakinada port, from where they were flagged off to the plant site on Thursday, the company said in a statement. GE, which was scheduled to ship the first batch of 9FA fuel-efficient gas turbines in May, had earlier dispatched two turbines in April itself from its Greenville, South Carolina facility in the US. "Early arrival of shipment will help Reliance Power commission all the gas turbines of the 2,400 mw gas based project within the 11th five-year plan. On complete commissioning, the project will contribute over 16,000 million units (kWh) to the power deficit southern region," said the company.

    Reliance Power had placed the order for main plant equipment for its Samalkot project with GE in October last year, wherein the order comprised of six gas turbines, three steam turbines and generators. The order, the largest order for GE in India and one of the largest for it globally, was supported by long-term project recourse finance from the US Exim Bank.

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