Staff Reporter

NELLORE: United Progressive Alliance Chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will lay the stone for 2X800 MW Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station at Krishnapatnam on Thursday. According to APGenco officials, the thermal power station has many special features.

“It is first in the country to bring the concept of new generation supercritical technology besides setting up a bench mark price for 800 MW supercritical thermal units.”

The plant is the first 800-MW unit, highest capacity in India, under execution by public sector facilities.

The power station will use blended coal comprising 70 per cent of domestic washed coal with 30 per cent imported coal.

Advantages

Outlining the advantages of the super critical technology, the officials said that 4 per cent higher efficiency would be equal to about 10 per cent more energy generation in comparison to conventional units meeting international standards on pollution front. “It consumes about 10 per cent less coal, thereby conserving non-renewable coal reserves. And other features are 3 per cent lower auxiliary power consumption with a saving of 32 MW power and constant efficiency at lower levels of generation.”

The first unit of power station might be commissioned by June 2012 and the second one by December 2012.

“This means 47 months for first unit and 53 months for second unit from zero-date.”

Hub of thermal stations

Meanwhile, Krishnapatnam will soon become a hub of thermal power stations as a total of 12140-MW power units are coming up in five years and it is almost equal to the total existing installed capacity in Andhra Pradesh -- 12381 MW.