Nagpur: The Centre has drawn up an ambitious plan to set up nine ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) across the country to tide over the prevailing electricity crisis, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on 2 April.
“One such project of 4,000mw has been planned at Girhe in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra at a cost of Rs16,000 crore,” Shinde, who was here to campaign for the 9 April Ramtek Lok Sabha byelection, said.
He said the project details were being worked out and may take some time for finalisation. Imported coal will be used for the Girhe project.
At present, the country was facing power shortage of 70,000mw, Shinde said.
Two such mega projects are coming up at Mundra in Gujarat and Sasan in Madhya Pradesh. Tata Power has bagged the Mundra project, while multi-national company Lanco won the bidding for the Sasan UMPP, he said.
The bidding for Maharashtra’s Girhe project was yet to take place. Similar ultra mega projects have also been planned in Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, the Minister said.
All these power plants will generate 4,000mw each and sell electricity at a rate of Rs2.40 a unit for a period of 25 years as per the bidding clause.
NTPC was in the process of setting up a 1,000mw project at a cost of Rs5,000 crore at Mouda near here, the first plant of the government-run utility in Maharashtra.
The coal linkage for Mouda plant will be from Orissa, Shinde said in reply to a question.