Tata Power to add 1,900 MW in 2011 from multiple sources

Tata Power to add 1,900 MW in 2011 from multiple sources

Mumbai: The Ratan Tata-led Tata Power, aims to add 60% of its installed generation capacity by commissioning over 1,900 MW from multiple sources in 2011.

“Next year there will be a series of projects which will be commissioned...we have 800 MW in Mundra, 1,050 MW in Maithon’s two units, 120 MW in Jojobera with Tata Steel, 100 MW in wind and 25 MW of solar in Gujarat," the company’s executive director (Operations), S Padmanabhan, told PTI in Mumbai.

Tata Power has an installed power generation capacity of about 3,000 MW presently.

He said the coal-fired Maithon project in Jharkhand is in the “final stages" of completion and the company expects to commission the first of the two 525 MW units by March 2011 which will be followed by the second one, expected to be running in the July-September quarter.

The Maithon project is a 74:26 joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation.

The company has finished 65% work on the first unit of 800 MW in its Mundra ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Gujarat and is confident of commissioning it by August 2011.

“Once the first unit is commissioned, there will be a new commissioning every six months," he said.

A total of five units of 800 MW, running on coal, are to be erected as part of the UMPP.

Apart from that, Tata Power is almost ready with a 120 MW captive power unit developed in association with sister company, Tata Steel, at Jojobera, close to the latter’s manufacturing plant at Jamshedpur.

“We plan to synchronise this unit by December-end and will be commissioning it by March," Padmanabhan said.

The Mumbai-headquartered company, which has amongst the largest installed wind-power capacity in India, will add another 100 MW to its wind-power portfolio in different pockets of the country, he added.

On the solar front, a 3 MW farm is ready at Mulshi on the outskirts of Mumbai which will be commissioned next year.

The company has also entered into an agreement with the Gujarat government to install a 25 MW capacity in the state, which, considering the quicker turn-around time in solar projects, will be commissioned next year, he said.

The Tata group company, which is pursuing a target of increasing its generation from clean sources to 25% by 2017, is also interested in nuclear power and is currently examining possibilities to get into the highly-regulated sector but is looking for greater clarity on policy framework before crystalising its plans, he said.

A dedicated team of three has been put in place to work on the foray, he said.