Dabhol was conceived in the 1990s and was originally promoted by Enron. It ran into trouble soon after, with the government with which the US company had signed the agreement losing in the polls to the state assembly, and the new government questioning the high cost of the power the plant would produce.
The plant was taken over by new owners after Enron’s collapse. The gas-fuelled project having three blocks, with each block having two gas and one steam turbine, was finally fully commissioned on Wednesday evening. It has a capacity of 1,940MW. Though the project was originally planned with a 2,150MW capacity, it has been de-rated, and supplies power to Maharashtra at a tariff of Rs4.50 per unit.
Also See The Dabhol Plant (Graphic)
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