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Tata Power makes India's first 4000 MW UMPP fully operational

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Mumbai, March 6, 2013

Tata Power, India's largest integrated power utility, today said that its wholly owned subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), had synchronised 800 MW unit 5 of the ultra mega power project (UMPP) at Mundra in Gujarat.

With this, India’s first 4000 MW thermal power plant using supercritical technology is now fully oiperational, a press release from the company said.
The total power generation capacity of Tata Power now stands at 8500 MW, reinforcing its position as the largest integrated power company in India, it said.
The company had commercialised Unit 1 of Mundra UMPP in March 2012, Unit 2 in July 2012, Unit 3 in October 2012 and Unit 4 in February 2013. 
"With synchronisation of Unit 5, the thermal power generation capacity of Tata Power stands at 7647 MW and the generation through clean sources such as hydro, wind and solar stands at 852 MW," it said.
The release also said the company had commissioned a total of 3,200 MW at a single location in a year, setting a new record. The average gap taken between synchronisation of two units has been 3.5 months which is  better than the baseline schedule of 4 months and is much better than the 5 months provided in original PPA, it said.
"The 4000 MW Mundra UMPP is the first of the UMPPs that heralds the entry of 800 MW supercritical boiler technology in India, which is environment friendly and efficient. This technology and the choice of unit sizes will help save fuel for the project and cut down the greenhouse gas emissions as compared to regular coal-fired power stations. In addition, the choice of imported coal significantly lowers sulphur emissions. The plant will use significantly less than the stipulated 1 % sulphur and 10 % ash content in coal," it said.
Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “The synchronization of Unit 5 of Mundra UMPP marks a milestone in India's history as the first Ultra Mega Power Project setting execution excellence benchmark for Indian power sector. The synchronization of the last unit is a significant achievement in a sector, which is ridden with numerous challenges. The Mundra UMPP features a number of new and advanced technological initiatives based on super critical technology. We eagerly await a viable solution by the Hon'ble CERC and look forward to an early resolution of this issue.”
CGPL is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed for setting up and operating the UMPP. CGPL has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with seven procurers (distribution licensees) from five states -- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab -- for the sale of contracted capacity. 

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