OPGC kickstarts expansion project at IB thermal power plant

Bhubaneswar: Expansion of Odisha Power Generation Corporation's (OPGC) 2×660 MW thermal power plant in Jharsuguda district is on now with work order being given in favour of BHEL and BGR Energy Systems Ltd.
As per the contract, in the initial six months, equipment design basis report, engineering drawings, turbine building and boiler loading details for foundations, mill & bunker building fabrication drawings for supply and erection of the main plant will be taken up by BHEL, OPGC said in a statement on Sunday.
Establishment of labour colony, site leveling and grading,cement batching plant, turbine building and boiler foundationsand equipment design basis report, engineering drawings for all the ancillary and peripheral plants will be completed by BGR Energy Systems, it said.
This will be followed by major construction work targeting the commissioning of the two units in the 12th Five-Year Plan period.
It may be recalled that OPGC had already signed contracts with BHEL and BGR Energy on April 27 and July 11 of 2013, respectively, for the award of work for the main plant (BTG) worth Rs 4,051 crores and Balance of plant (BOP) worth Rs 1,573 crores, the OPGC statement said.
The above costs taken together work out to about Rs 4.26 cr per MW (firm price in INR without any risk of foreign currency exchange variation) which is by far the cheapest of the bids finalised in the country since 2010 for 660 MW plant configuration, it said.
The OPGC expansion project had secured financial tie-up with PFC and REC in November 2012.
OPGC, which is a 51:49 joint venture between the Odisha government and AES Corp, USA, runs 2×210 MW coal-based thermal power plant at Banharpali in Jharsuguda district, which registered a PLF (Plant Load Factor) of 86.48 per cent for 2012-13 and ranks first among the state-run utilities in thecountry, it added.