Having missed the 2009 deadline for commissioning of its gas-based plant in Rithala, power distribution company NDPL is now hoping for an August opening for the plant.

The company is eager to commission the first unit of the 108 MW plant by August end so that they can commission the second unit before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games in October.

A senior official of the company said if the first unit of 35 MW is commissioned by the end of the month, the opening of the second unit of the same capacity will be more likely to happen before the Games begin.

“The plant was supposed to be commissioned last year, but we did not get the mandatory environmental clearance that was supposed to come in October 2008 till June 2009. The work was delayed, but we have been trying to make up for the lost time,” said an official.

The 108-MW combined cycle gas-turbine power plant at Rithala was likely to begin operations by June 2009.

“By the time the clearance came through most of the tenders had expired and we had to re-tender. Though almost all works are 95 per cent complete the onset of the monsoon has derailed the work a bit. Because of the rain the civil construction work has been hampered to some extent,” the official said.

The necessary tie-ups for arranging gas and water have already been firmed and the discom said it was hopeful of meeting the August deadline. The power generated at the new plant is also expected to be cheaper compared with the power that the discom has to purchase from other sources. “But with gas prices having increased in the recent past, we are expecting an increase in the power costs generation at this plant as well,” said a Power Department source.

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