Power Engineering Essar Power Commissions 600MW Mahan I Power Project
New coal fired power plant in India: Essar Power has announced that its 600-megawatt (MW) unit 1 of its 1,200MW Mahan I power project has commenced generation and has been synchronised with the transmission grid.
Mumbai/India – Mahan I, in Madhya Pradesh, India, is Essar Power’s eighth operational power plant, taking its total generating capacity to 3,910MW, compared with 1,220MW at the time of the company’s IPO in May 2010.The 600MW Mahan I plant is the largest single power generation unit commissioned in Madhya Pradesh.
The Mahan I plant uses a combination of imported coal and coal sourced from Coal India’s e-auction process, while an application has also been made for an interim tapering coal linkage allocation from Coal India. Coal from these sources will be required until Essar Power’s nearby Mahan coal block becomes operational. Essar Power received stage 1 forest clearance for the Mahan coal block at the end of October 2012.
Naresh Nayyar, Chief Executive Officer of Essar Energy, said, “The commissioning of the first unit at Mahan is another major milestone for Essar Energy. With this, we have more than tripled our generation capacity over the past couple of years. Our focus now is on the development of the Mahan coal block which will provide a low-cost fuel source for the power plant, placing it among the lowest cost power generators in India.”