Bilateral agreements on power signed with 4 countries

The Government today informed the Rajya Sabha that the country had signed bilateral agreements with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Canada for cooperation in power sector during 2009-2011, but said no power project was set up involving foreign countries.

Answering questions on power generation projects involving foreign countries, Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a written reply that the terms of reference of the agreements were to broadly to enhance co-operation in generation, transmission, distribution of power, energy efficiency and development of renewable energy, mutually benefitting the countries involved.

These agreements, he said were likely to contribute to power sector in India in terms of capacity building, improvement in generation, distribution and transmission of power, developing robust energy market and energy security.

To a question, the Minister said the gross energy generation during April-October 2010 was 3,74,229 million units through thermal units followed by hydro generation 76,077 MU. The nuclear sector generated 13,167 MU of power. Imports from Bhutan was to the extent of 4,848 MU.

Among the steps taken to step up power generation in the country to meet the rising demand, the Minister said that the Government had launched a Hydro Power Policy in 2008 to boost the hydro power development in the country. Pre-Feasibility Reports of 162 hydro-power schemes aggregating 50,000 MW was prepared by the Central Electricity Authority.

The Power Ministry was allowing development of Ultra Mega Power Projects of 4000 MW each to reap benefits of economies of scale and there had been bulk ordering of 11 units of 660 MW each with super-critical technology with mandatory phased indigenous manufacturing programme was planned to promite indigenous anufacturing. The country was also allocating gas from KG basin for gas based power units.

Source – UNI

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Executive at India Electron Exchange

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