New Delhi: Reliance Energy Ltd, one of the major private power project developers in the country, wants to set up a 1400MW power plant in Delhi, if the Delhi government allots land to it. The company has, through its group concerns BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, sent a written proposal to the Delhi government to this effect, a copy of which is with livemint.com. The two group companies, along with Tata Power-held North Delhi Power Ltd, are distributing electricity in the Capital.
The letter mentions that REL would require 160 acres of land, 25 cubic metres an hour of water and 6 million standard cubic meters a day of gas to set up the plant.
The company wants the government to allot this land “as per current government regulations”, said a company source, on conditions of anonymity.
The letter was sent this month itself, and until now, the Delhi government has not responded, the source said.
Reliance Energy also seems to have shortlisted areas where it would like its plant to come up. The letter says the company prefers land to be allotted near or around Karawal Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Sarita Vihar, Bahadurgarh and Palam (to the “left of Najafgarh”) to set up its power plant.
The letter, while dealing with the setting up of distribution infrastructure like 11kV sub-stations and grid stations of various capacities to improve the distribution of power, builds a case for generation of additional power in the National Capital Territory itself to ramp up supply to match the projected demand of 8.800MW in Delhi (as per the 16th Electric Power Survey).
The letter gives the example of other “high load-centric” cities like New York and says that for reliability purposes, 80% of the power is generated within the city itself.
Reliance Energy currently produces 941MW electricity from five projects. The company has 2x250MW thermal plant at Dahanu near Mumbai, a 165MW combined cycle power plant at Kochi in Kerala, a 220MW power plant at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, a 48MW naptha-based plant in Goa and an 8MW wind farm project in Chitradurga in Karnataka.
The company is also setting up a gas-based 3,740 MW power plant in Dadri near Delhi. The proposed power plant is to be spread over an area of 2,500 acres but the company is facing difficulties in acquiring land for the purpose.
In an unrelated development, the board of Reliance Energy Limited has appointed Mr Lalit Jalan as chairman of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. He has also been nominated on the board of BRPL