Mumbai: Bangalore-based infrastructure conglomerate GMR Infrastructure Ltd on Tuesday said the first 685 MW unit of GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd’s (GCEL’s) 1370 MW supercritical coal-based thermal power plant at Raikheda in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur District achieved synchronization with the grid on 2 October.

GCEL is the GMR Group’s first supercritical coal-based thermal power plant. The unit used fuel oil to achieve the synchronization. The project was implemented by Doosan of Korea.

Work on commissioning GCEL’s second unit of 685 MW is in progress.

Since 2013, the GMR Group has commissioned two coal-based thermal power plants—the 2x300 MW GMR’s EMCO Energy Ltd at Warora in Maharashtra and three units of the 4x350 MW GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd at Kamalanga in Odisha.

“The GMR group had signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Chhattisgarh for the power plant in 2008 and received environment clearance and consent to establish in 2011. Besides Chhattisgarh, GCEL will cater to the power needs of various states in the country," GMR said in a statement.

GMR Infrastructure has 15 power generation assets of which eight are operational and seven are under various stages of development.

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