UP’s First Supercritical Energy Plant in Meja to Be Totally Operational by December: CEO

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The Meja Thermal Energy Plant, Uttar Pradesh’s first supercritical energy plant, shall be totally operational by December, MUNPL Chief Government Officer (CEO) Asim Kumar Samanta stated. Meja Urja Nigam Pvt Ltd (MUNPL) is a 50:50 three way partnership (JV) of state-owned NTPC Ltd and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL).

The JV was included in 2008 to set upa 1,320-megawatt (with 2X660 MW models) coal-based Meja Thermal Energy Plant at Meja, about 45 km from the state’s Prayagraj district. “Unit -I of the supercritical plant has already been commissioned with impact from April 30, 2019. Unit-II is prepared for declaration of economic operation. It will likely be made operational by subsequent month,” Samanta instructed PTI.

Following the industrial operation of Unit-II, the plant shall be totally operational, he stated. The CEO stated the plant is effectively related by street to Prayagraj. It has its personal 28-km freight hall that helps in bringing important supplies, equivalent to coal, to plant by rail. The plant can also be related to river Ganga at Bijora village, by a community of about 30 km pipeline, to move water for industrial functions.

Meja Thermal Energy Station is the primary supercritical energy plant (SCPP) of Uttar Pradesh, Samanta stated. He added {that a} SCPP has about 10 per cent increased effectivity in comparison with sub-critical energy crops. “It makes use of 20 per cent much less coal in comparison with them. Generates much less carbon emissions.” A supercritical coal plant is a coal-fired energy plant with extra trendy designs. It differs from conventional coal energy crops because the water operating by it really works as a supercritical fluid.

This reduces the quantity of warmth switch to the water which in regular circumstances is required in a traditional coal plant. Due to this fact, much less coal is used to warmth the identical quantity of water. “We’re additionally finishing up varied CSR (company social duty) actions in and round our plant. We have now arrange infrastructure for communities and planted bushes,” the CEO stated.

When requested in regards to the utilisation of energy produced by the plant, Samanta stated the electrical energy generated by it’s provided to a number of states and Union territories (UTs) by the grid. A significant share of 82 per cent is consumed inside UP, 5 per cent goes to Rajasthan, 4.8 per cent to Jammu and Kashmir (J&Okay), 3.6 per cent to Punjab, 2.8 per cent to Uttarakhand and the remaining to Chandigarh and Madhya Pradesh, he stated.

At present, the plant is working at a plant load issue (PLF) of 80-85 per cent, Samanta stated. In September 2020, MUNPL signed a Rs 942-crore mortgage settlement with Financial institution of Maharashtra for long-term mission financing to half finance the capital expenditure and FGD (flue-gas desulphurisation) associated to 2×660 MW thermal energy plant.

When requested in regards to the timeline mounted by the corporate for putting in FGD know-how on the plant, the CEO stated it’s going to take one other one yr to finish the duty. FGD is a set of applied sciences used to take away sulphur dioxide from exhaust flue gases of fossil fuel-based energy crops, and from the emissions of different sulphur oxide emitting processes equivalent to waste incineration.

Along with curbing air pollution,the FGD system in an influence plant produces gypsum as a by-product that has at the least 90 per cent purity.