The 4×270 MW (1,080) Bhadradri Thermal Power Station (BTPS), the second power project taken up after the formation of Telangana State, has moved a step closer to commissioning when the boiler of its first unit was lighted-up.
As per schedule
“Lighting-up of the boiler has been done as per schedule and the process for the remaining three units is also lined up in the coming months with a plan to commission all the four units by December-end,” Chairman and Managing Director of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Ltd (TS-Genco) D. Prabhakar Rao said after supervising the process for the first unit in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district.
After clearing the National Green Tribunal hurdles, construction of the thermal power project was taken up on full scale from March 2017 near Ramanujavaram village of Manuguru mandal in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district with a cost of ₹7,857 crore.
Once commissioned fully, the 1,080 MW capacity project would meet the initial requirement of energy by Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) which is planned to start pumping water in the coming monsoon season.
Mr. Prabhakar Rao complimented the engineers of TS-Genco, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the agency executing the project along with the supply of machinery, and other vendors, suppliers of material and equipment, in keeping up with the schedule and requested them to maintain the same tempo to commission all the units as planned. BTPS is the second greenfield thermal power project taken up after formation of the State. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao laid foundation stone for the project on March 28 in 2015.
Senior executives of TS-Genco, including Director (Projects) M. Sachidanandam, Director (Thermal) B. Lakshmaiah, Director (Civil) A. Ajay, Chief Engineer of BTPS Balaraju, other CEs Sammaiah and T.S.N. Murthy, Superintending Engineer (Technical) Hanuman, executives of BHEL and others participated in the boiler lighting-up event.