Rural Electrification Corporation has disbursed Rs. 16,070 crore to Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Ltd (TSGenco) towards financing the 5×800-mw Yadadri supercritical coal-fired power plant in the newly formed state of Telangana. This is reliably learnt to be the largest single-installment assistance by REC given to any project. The assistance follows the MoU signed between REC and TSGECO in February 2015 envisaging Rs. 20,000 crore worth of assistance during the XII Plan period to part-finance 4,000 mw of new power generation capacity.
The 4,000-mw Yadadri plant is also momentous for Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd on which was placed the EPC order for a whopping Rs. 17,950 crore in June 2015. This is undoubtedly the single-largest order in BHEL’s history. Earlier in this year, TSGenco had entered into an MoU with BHEL for construction of new thermal power plants aggregating 6,000 mw in Telangana over the next three year. The Yadadri project, of course, forms a critical part of this plan. BHEL, it may be recalled, had won a Rs.3,810 crore contract from TSGenco for putting up one supercritical unit of 800-mw at the Kothagudem power plant in Khammam district in December 2014. Later, in March 2015, it also received the mandate for putting up the 4×270-mw Bhadradari thermal power plant at Manuguru in Khammam district.
Meanwhile, the much delayed Kakatiya thermal power plant expansion project (Stage 2) of TSGenco in Warangal district is expected to commission by March next year, with a delay of nearly four year The project involving one coal-fired unit of 600-mw at the Kakatiya plant in Warangal district has been delayed for slow balance-of-plant works, it is learnt. The main plant order was placed on BHEL in October 2008. There has been much delay on part of BoP contractor Tecpro Systems on whom the work order was placed in October 2010.
Apart from the Yadadri and Kakatiya (Stage 2) projects of TSGenco, there is one more coal-fired power plant currently under construction in Telangana. This project, involving two units of 600-mw each, is of Singareni Coal Collieries and is taking shape in Adilabad district. While one unit is scheduled to commission in December 2015, the second is likely to turn commercial by March 2016.