In the mid-1990s the Mega Power Project policy met with limited success. Hence, aligned with the objective of ´Power to all by 2012´, GoI started planning Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) in 2005. Each of the projects with an installed capacity of 4,000 MW was envisaged with the intent to make power available at minimum cost through economies of scale and superior, energy efficient and environment-friendly technology.
Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), Tata Power´s wholly-owned subsidiary, has implemented the 4000 MW (800 x 5 units) UMPP near the port city of Mundra in the state of Gujarat in India. This UMPP is India´s first 800 MW unit thermal power plant using supercritical technology, and is arguably the most energy-efficient, coal-based thermal power plant in the country. As per the bidding norms, the project was designed to be run on imported coal.
It is expected to benefit close to 16 million domestic consumers apart from supplying cost competitive power to industry and agriculture. The project will supply power to five states namely Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra in western India and to Haryana and Punjab in northern India, which are currently facing shortage of electricity. It will provide a competitive source of power and help meet these states´ growing demand for electricity. Reliable power from the project will help improve the competitiveness of the manufacturing and services industries. Competitive pricing will also improve access to electricity in rural and urban areas.
The plant uses super-critical boiler technology, which when compared to other sub-critical plants in India, means that the Mundra UMPP use 1.7 million tonnes of less coal per year while generating the same quantum of power. Boilers are supplied by Doosan and turbines are supplied by Toshiba.
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