News Brief | February 2012
New 600 MW plant at Ennore in Tamil Nadu
A new 600 MW high-tech coal-fired electricity generation station will replace the four-decade old 450 MW Ennore thermal power plant in North Chennai and come up on the same premises by 2015 at a cost of Rs 3,600 crore. The Ennore plant was unable to generate power to the optimum level due to ageing. An official release said, “The five-unit plant was commissioned 40 years ago. Due to wear and tear the facility is not producing power to the full capacity. Hence, the CM has ordered decommissioning of the plant and to go in for an ultra-modern thermal facility on the 90-acre plot.”
Currently, the Ennore thermal power station produces between 150 to 200 MW on an average. Though frequent disruptions in power production due to technical glitches had become a regular feature at Ennore, TANGEDCO could not afford to shut the plant in view of the power shortage.
The plant will continue to be in operation until the commissioning of new power projects such as the North Chennai Thermal Power Extension Project and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board-National Thermal Power Corporation joint venture at Vallur.