Essar Energy plc, the India-focused integrated energy company, on Thursday announced that the first of two 600 megawatt (MW) units at its Salaya-I power generation project in Jamnagar district of Gujarat has been synchronised with the transmission grid.
The coal-fired Salaya-I project, with a total of 1,200 MW capacity, is one of three power plants due to be fully commissioned by March 2012.
The others are the 1,200 MW Mahan-I project and the 510 MW Vadinar P2 project, the company said in a statement here.
Together, these three projects will add 2,910 MW to the existing capacity of 1,600 MW and take Essar Energy’s total installed capacity to 4,510 MW.
A further seven power projects are under construction which will take the total to 9,670 MW by the first quarter of 2014, Mr Naresh Nayyar, CEO, Essar Energy, said.
“The synchronisation of unit 1 at Salaya, together with the others due in the coming months, will almost triple our power generation capacity. The three generation projects, now nearing completion, will transform cash flows and profitability within our power business,” he added.
Work is in progress to prepare unit 2 at Salaya-I, also of 600 MW capacity, for synchronisation with the grid.