GMR Kamalanga’s 2nd unit becomes commercially operational

Bhubaneswar: The second unit of GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd (GKEL), with a capacity of 350 MW, has been declared commercially operational.

GMR Group is establishing 3×350 MW coal-based thermal power plant at Kamalanga in Dhenkanal district.

While the first unit of 350 MW commenced generation on April 30, 2013, the second unit was declared commercially operational yesterday, a company release said today.

Power produced from GKEL is being supplied to GRIDCO Ltd in Odisha in line with the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Besides Odisha, GKEL would supply power to Haryana, Bihar and other parts of the country. GKEL secured coal linkage for all its 1,050-MW capacity by signing Fuel Supply Agreements with Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, it said.

With the commissioning of GKEL's second unit, GMR Group's combined generation capacity has touched 2,136 MW. Projects totalling 5,038 MW are under implementation.

Commissioning of GKEL's second unit follows close on the heels of the synchronisation of the second unit of GMR's 2×300 MW EMCO Energy Limited at Warora in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra on August 27, source said. EMCO's first unit of 300 MW became commercially operational in March 2013.

GKEL President and Director R V Sheshan said: "GKEL is the largest investment made by GMR Group in Energy Sector. It is also one of the earliest private power projects to commence commercial operations in Odisha.

"GKEL is also making substantial efforts so that the quality of life of individuals in neighbouring communities is enriched by its transformational educational, health care, livelihood and grassroots infrastructure development focused CSR interventions."

GMR Infrastructure Ltd is a Bangalore headquartered global infrastructure major with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure sectors. It has successfully employed the public-private partnership model to build a portfolio of high quality assets.