Essar Power Ltd has resumed the commercial operations of Unit I of the 1200 MW (2x600 MW) Mahan power plant. Essar Power MP Ltd, the operator of the 1200 MW power plant, located in Madhya Pradesh, has secured 3 lakh t of coal through a Government conducted special forward e-auction.
Essar Power MP won a captive coal mine in Tokisud in Jharkhand state in the recent coal auction. Essar has invested over Rs 10 000 crore in the 1200 MW Mahan plant which requires an estimated 5.5 million tpy of domestic coal per year and the Tokisud captive coal mine. The decline in coal prices and captive mines will enable Essar Power to fulfill its commitment to supply affordable power to the nation.
Mr Sushil Maroo, Executive Vice Chairman, Essar Power, said: “We are thankful to the Government for making coal available through e-auctions and aligning coal prices to the current market scenario. It has increased the production and supply of coal, which is a welcome move for the power sector and will help other stranded power projects”
Mr KVB Reddy, CEO-Essar Power Ltd, CEO of Essar Power MP Ltd, added: “We are optimistic that with the availability of coal, the Mahan plant will now run optimally on a sustained basis. We are also confident of commissioning Unit II by September this year.’’
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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