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Web Exclusive | November 2012

Unit I of 1 gw power project starts production

The first unit of the 1,000 mw Banjhedih Thermal Power Plant (KTPP) at Koderma in Jharkhand started producing 100 mw power per day and once it starts producing to its optimum capacity, second unit will be started.

Both the units have a capacity of 500 mw each.The production of the first unit would be gradually increased to 1,000 mw per day. The generated electricity would be supplied to the Bihar Sharif Power Grid.

Once the declaration of commercial operation (COD) is issued, Jharkhand will get benefits of this plant. COD is expected to be issued by the end of December or in early January of 2013 by the state government. He also informed that unit 2 of the plant will be commissioned very soon which is also of 500 mw capacity.

In 2008, when the project was started, it was estimated that by the end of 2010 both units will start production but the project was delayed owing to various reasons.

According to the sources, earlier Damodar Valley Project (DVC) had proposed a 2,000 mw capacity power plant at Banjhedih but later it shifted the project to Raghunathpur in West Bengal. Shortage of water is said to be the main reason behind the DVC’s back-off.

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