Madhya Pradesh

BHEL commissions 500 MW thermal unit at Vindhyachal STPS

On 7 August Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) commissioned a 500 MW thermal unit of NTPC’s Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station (STPS) in Vindhyanagar, Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.

BHEL has successfully commissioned the seventh unit of 500 MW at Vindhyachal power station summing up to 3,500 MW the highest done by BHEL in power projects.

For this project, BHEL had contributed in engineering, manufacture, design, supply, erection and commissioning of steam turbines. It also had important role in installing generators and boilers, along with associated auxiliaries and electricals, controls & instrumentation (C&I) and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs).

BHEL particularly makes sets of 500 MW rating class and has commissioned so far 76 sets in the country. The sets supplied by BHEL have better operating Heat rate that consumes less coal while producing per unit of power.

It should be noted that BHEL has established higher rated unit and thermal sets with a high degree of indigenization. In current financial year (2015-16) it has commissioned power plants with a cumulative capacity of 2,480 MW.

About Super Thermal Power Stations (STPS)

Super Thermal Power Stations (STPS) are a series of ambitious coal based power projects planned by the Government of India in 1990. The capacity of such thermal plant is 1000 MW and above.

There are over 65 STPS in India and Mundra Thermal Power Station of Adani Power in Kutch district  of Gujarat is the largest among all.

Note: India stands fifth in the world in production of  thermal power. It produces over  1108 TW and its consumption demand is expected rise to 1905 TW by 2022.


Former MP Minister Jagannath Singh passes away

Former Madhya Pradesh minister and senior Bhartiya Janta Party leader Jagannath Singh passed away in Bhopal after prolonged illness. He was 69.

He had had served as state labour minister from 2008 to 2013 in the BJP government led by incumbent MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In his political career he was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) four times and for first time as an MLA in 1977 from Devsar constituency. He was twice elected as Lok Sabha member from Sidhi constituency and once as Rajya Sabha member.


CCEA approves creation of Intra State Transmission System in 7 States

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the creation of an Intra-state Transmission System (ISTS) in 7 states across the country.

7 States are: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

Key facts about Intra-state Transmission System

  • Under the project, the activities envisaged includes establishment of 48 new Grid sub-stations of different voltage levels. It will have total transformation capacity around 17,100 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA).
  • It will also include installing over 7,800 Circuit Kilometres (ckt-kms) of transmission lines in these seven states. The project is proposed to be completed within a period of 3 to 5 years.
  • Tapping renewable energy potential: These 7 states are having rich renewable resource potential with numerous large planned renewable power projects.
  • Creation of this system will facilitate evacuation of renewable power from generation stations to load centres.
  • Funding: It will be created at an estimated cost of 8548 crore rupees. Of this total amount National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) will contribute 3,419 crore rupees i.e. 40 per cent for this project.