Essar Power Limited has delivered a strong operational performance in FY2016-17. While it generated 49 per cent more power in the fiscal, the company also added 165 MW capacity to its portfolio by commissioning one unit each at its Paradip and Hazira plants. The generation increased by 57 per cent year-on-year in the quarter ending March 31st, 2017.
With the commissioning of the second 135 MW unit of the 2x135 MW Hazira power plant in Gujarat, the project is now fully commissioned and operating on full load. The second 30 MW unit at the 4x30 MW Paradip power plant in Odisha was also commissioned in the fiscal. With this, half the targeted capacity of 120 MW for the Paradip power plant has been commissioned.
In FY16-17, Essar Power’s Mahan plant resumed operations after a gap of 19 months. Operations restarted at the beginning of the financial year and have continued without interruption banking on e-auction coal provided by CIL. Essar Power MP Ltd, the company that operates the Mahan plant, procured over 3 million tonnes of coal through the e-auction route in FY 2016-17.
Essar Power’s operational capacity in India now stands at 4,755 MW. The company is currently developing the 1,200 MW Tori plant in Jharkhand and the remaining 2x30 MW units in Paradip. Essar Power’s total power generation capacity when these two plants come on stream will be 6,100 MW (including the 85 MW plant that is operational in Algoma, Canada).
Speaking on the performance, KVB Reddy, CEO, Essar Power said, “Almost 80 per cent of our planned capacity of 6,100 MW is now operational with eight out of nine plants up and running. Initiatives by the Power and Coal ministries in the last fiscal provided a fillip to the sector, helping us restart operations at the Mahan plant.”
He further added, “Domestic coal auctions have helped mitigate the issue of coal availability. Though the sector is firmly on the path of revival, GoI must consider reducing interest rates that currently make most power projects financially unviable. Measures like the RBI’s 5/25 scheme will help optimise power generation costs.”
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