Vemagiri power project commissioning runs into rough weather

B.V.S. Bhaskar

Rajahmundry: Though the Vemagiri power project in private sector is slated to be commissioned this week, it has run into some problems.

The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) is supplying gas for the 400-MW power project for trial run and commissioning. However, generation of power in this plant is in doldrums as either GAIL or any other corporate company is ready to supply gas continuously. "We are supplying gas to this project for trial run and commissioning. But we are not sure whether we will supply gas for generation," according to Balasubrahmanyam, Senior Manager (Marketing), GAIL Zonal Office, Hyderabad.

The authorities of the power project, however, are guarded in their response. "We can't tell as to when the project will be commissioned," K.K. Siva Kumar, project manager of Vemagiri Power Project, says. The formal `puja' and `homam' were conducted on the project premises on Thursday. Employees at the project site said there would be a `big function' (read commissioning) on Friday, for which Chairman and other top officials are expected.

MoU hangs in balance

Sources said that the company had been waiting to sign an MoU with GAIL in Delhi for the last three months for supply of gas but it had not materialised.

Work on the power project, owned by one of the leading construction companies GMR, was launched 18 months ago near Vemagiri in Kadiam mandal, 20 km from Rajahmundry.

The mega power plant is being constructed in 500 acres with four turbines.