RPower’s Sasan UMPP pulls off highest load factor at 98.2%

Reliance Power’s 3,960-MW Sasan ultra mega power project recorded the highest plant load factor — 98.2 percent — in November this year among private thermal power generation plants in the country. “RPower logged the highest PLF of 98.2 percent in November 2015 as Sasan UMPP outperformed industry average of 60.6 percent in November 2015,” an IDFC Securities report stated. PLF is the ratio of actual output of a power plant over a period of time and its potential output should it operate at full capacity during that period. According to the report, power generation came in flat in November 2015 after a strong growth of 10.8 percent and 8.8 percent in September and October this year, respectively. The overall generation in November 2015 was 85.3 billion units. The generation target for 2015-16 is 1,136 billion units (BU), which implies a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 8.4 percent and PLF of coal-based TPS (161 GW) declined by 338 bps (basis points) yoy to 61.4 percent in YTD (year-to-date) 2015-16. Apart from Sasan UMPP, Tata Power’s Maithon Power operated at 88.5 percent PLF while Adani Power’s Mundra ran at 84.3 percent. At the bottom of the table are Jindal Power’s Tamnar I, which clocked 19.7 percent PLF, and Torrent Power  ‘s Sugen mega power plant with 27.2 percent load factor. Sasan UMPP has a PAF (plant availability factor) of 95 percent and has the lowest cost of generation among peers, it added.

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