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A GREAT EFFORT: A boiler drum that was erected at Vallur Thermal power project in Chennai on Tuesday.
A GREAT EFFORT: A boiler drum that was erected at Vallur Thermal power project in Chennai on Tuesday.

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The first unit expected to go on stream by October 2010

CHENNAI: The lifting and erection of a 216-tonne boiler drum at a height of 72 metres by BHEL marked the crossing of the first milestone for the 1,500-MW Vallur Thermal Power project on Tuesday.

Taking part in a function to erect the boiler drum at the NTECL site at Vallur, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board Chairman C.P. Singh told newsmen, “It took three years to finalise legal and other modalities. As of now, the project is delayed by six months.

The boiler should have been erected in December 2008, but it is being done today. Work on all the three units for common activities have started. Independent work for the third unit has to begin. The project is on track and ahead of schedule by 1 or 2 months. We expect the first unit to go on stream by October 2010.”

NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd (NTECL) is a joint venture company between the NTPC and the TNEB. It is setting up the Vallur Thermal Power Project, near Chennai. The partners have equal share. The project will have three units of 500 MW each.

The project cost of first two units is Rs.5,423 crore and the third unit costs Rs.2,577 crore. The second unit will go on stream by March 2011 and third unit by September 2011. On completion, Tamil Nadu will get 1,125 MW of power at a tentative price of Rs.2.72 per unit.

N. Suryanarayanan, NTECL Chief Executive Officer, said, “Despite a delay of six months in commissioning the project, there is no cost overrun. We will set up a water desalination plant with the latest technology for captive use and lay a conveyor belt for 4-5 km for transporting coal.” Mr. Singh said the State government had given its consent to establish a 4,000-MW ultra mega power project at Cheyyar in Kancheepuram district, costing around Rs.25,000 crore, for which preliminary works had commenced. “The State government has issued orders for the transfer of land. Finance is not a problem for this project, as it is being implemented by the Power Finance Corporation. Studies have to be commissioned and applications have to be filed for coal linkages and environmental clearances,” he said.

According to Mr. Singh, 30-MW Bhavani-Kattalai Barrage II had been delayed by more than a year. The Rs.400.59-crore project is expected to go on stream by December 2010.

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