The Uttar Pradesh government is working overtime to more than double its power generating capacity from the current 5,474 MW to 12,734 MW. By 2022, it expects the upcoming power stations will add another 7,260 MW. Of this, 1,320 MW power generated will be commissioned by the end of this year, claims a report in the Financial Express.
Of the two units of 660 MW each, being built at Meja — a Rs 12,176-crore joint venture project with NTPC — one unit has already been commissioned in April last year, while the other will start from the first week of October. Similarly, the Rs 6,011.83 crore 660 MW Harduaganj thermal project of UP Vidyut Utpadan Nigam will also start generation by December.
The other projects that would start power generation by the end of 2021 or early 2022 include the two units of 660 MW each at Obra-C, being built at a cost of Rs 10,416 crore, two units of 660 MW at Jawaharpur thermal project, being constructed at a cost of Rs 10,566 crore.
Power evacuation from the Rs 5,816.70-crore 600 MW Panki thermal power project will start in December 2021, while the three units of the Rs 17,237.80-crore Ghatampur project, a joint venture project with Neyveli Lignite Corporation, will also start from May 2022. The project will generate 1,980 MW of energy. Of the total 12,734 MW capacity addition, 3,300 MW would be from the JV projects, while 9,434 MW power would be generated by the Utpadan Nigam projects.
It should be notes that on 16 September this year, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation broke all previous records and catered to a peak power demand of 23,867 MW, the highest ever. The demand is expected to increase by another 3000 MW by next summer. The state is also planning to increase the import quota from the 12300 MW at present to 14,000 MW next year.
\The state’s transmission capacity is further being increased from the existing 24,500 MW to 28,000 MW by next year. The state government is working to set up transmission infrastructure to meet the demand of 31,500 MW, expected by 2025.