Kolkata: Energy utility CESC Ltd is drawing up a plan to shut down very outdated and costly energy producing stations in West Bengal.
The corporate, which is near commissioning a 600 megawatt (MW) energy plant at Haldia, is more likely to put together a blueprint throughout the subsequent 10 weeks to section out some archaic energy producing items within the state, chairman Sanjiv Goenka mentioned.
“The planning of the brand new Haldia unit was carried out with the thought that a few of these outdated items might be ultimately closed down,” Goenka mentioned. Any resolution on this regard could be taken in “session with all related stakeholders, together with the ministry and the regulator”, he mentioned.
All energy vegetation that accomplished 25 years of operation wanted to get replaced by new and surroundings pleasant ones, Union energy minister Piyush Goyal mentioned within the Lok Sabha in August.
A few of CESC’s outdated energy stations are situated on prime land inside Kolkata’s metropolis limits.
The New Cossipore plant, which now has a producing capability of simply 125 MW and operates solely when CESC’s demand reaches its peak in the course of the day, is situated on prime northern Kolkata land.
The price of producing energy on the plant, inbuilt 1949, is ₹ 9 per unit—means above the typical manufacturing value of CESC, an organization official mentioned. He didn’t need to be named.
“The unit continues to be working solely to fulfill emergency demand and would grow to be redundant when the Haldia plant turns into absolutely operational,” this individual mentioned.
One other energy plant at Titagarh was additionally constructed a long time in the past and has a manufacturing capability of 240 MW.
The Haldia plant, being run in technical collaborations with China’s Shanghai Electrical Co. and Punj Lloyd Ltd, will provide energy to CESC’s clients in Kolkata.
With the height each day demand of town anticipated to rise to over 2,500 MW within the subsequent 5 years, up from about 2,050 MW now, CESC may have a look at including one other producing unit on the present Haldia land, Goenka mentioned. “It all the time makes financial sense to increase at present items,” he mentioned.
The primary section of the Haldia plant will start producing energy inside a couple of weeks adopted by the second unit seemingly in February, he added.