Adani Power achieves full operation of 1,600 MW Godda Thermal Power Plant
Adani Power, a leading energy company, announced on June 27 achieves full-scale operations for the second unit of its ultra-supercritical thermal power plant (USCTPP) in Godda district, Jharkhand. This milestone achievement marks the completion of the Godda USCTPP, boasting a total capacity of 1,600 MW across two 800 MW units. As per contractual agreements, the electricity generated from the plant is being supplied to Bangladesh.
On April 6, the first unit of the power plant, with a capacity of 800 MW, successfully achieved its commercial operations date (COD). The second unit of the Godda USCTPP attained its COD on June 26, 2023. A subsidiary of Adani Power Limited, known as Adani Power Jharkhand Limited (APJL), spearheaded the project, working in collaboration with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Power Grid Corporation of Bangladesh (PGCB).
The reliability run test, including commercial operation tests for the second unit, was conducted on June 25, with officials from BPDB and PGCB in attendance. The power supply from the Godda USCTPP to Bangladesh’s grid will significantly bolster energy security within the country.
Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) inked in November 2017 for a duration of 25 years, APJL will supply 1,496 MW net capacity power from the 1,600 MW Godda USCTPP to BPDB. This power will be transmitted through a dedicated 400 kV transmission system, connected to the Bangladesh grid.
SB Khyalia, the CEO of Adani Power Limited, expressed that the Godda power plant will symbolize the strong bond between India and Bangladesh, ushering in a new era of cooperation. Despite facing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in India, China, and Bangladesh, the APJL team completed the Godda USCTPP, including the construction of a dedicated transmission line, in a commendable record time of approximately 3.5 years from its financial closure.
Adani Power ensured the environmentally-friendly operation of the plant by incorporating a Flue Gas Desulphuriser (FGD) and a Selective Catalytic Converter (SCR) system. These advanced technologies effectively minimize emissions in adherence to the prevailing norms established by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MOEF&CC).
Although the initial plan aimed for the first unit to be operational by January 5, 2022, the commercial operations date was subsequently rescheduled to December 16, which was ultimately missed. Anil Sardana, the Managing Director of Adani Power, had expressed his intent to begin supplying power from March 26, which coincides with Bangladesh’s Independence Day. The first unit was successfully commissioned on April 6, followed by the second unit on June 26.
The commissioning of the Godda USCTPP stands as a significant milestone for Adani Group, BPDB, and the economic cooperation between India and Bangladesh. Adani Power has become a valuable partner in Bangladesh’s economic growth and prosperity by supplying uninterrupted and reliable electricity at competitive tariffs. This collaboration will catalyze the growth of industries in Bangladesh, thereby fortifying the nation’s economy.
Bangladesh currently operates one of the largest liquid fuel-based power generation plants in the Indian sub-continent, with heavy fuel oil (HFO)-based plants having an installed capacity of approximately 6,329 MW, and high-speed diesel (HSD)-based plants totaling over 1,290 MW, reaching a cumulative capacity of over 7,600 MW.
According to a 2020 report by Brickwork Ratings, Adani’s Godda coal-fired power project incurred an estimated cost of around Rs 14,817 crore. The funding structure comprises a debt-to-equity ratio of 68:32, with Rs 10,075.42 crore secured from REC (50 percent) and PFC (50 percent).
About Adani Power:
Adani Power is an Indian power and energy company that belongs to the Adani Group. It is located in Khodiyar, Ahmedabad, and serves as a private thermal power producer. The company has a substantial capacity of 12,450 MW and also manages a large-scale solar plant with a capacity of 40 MW in Naliya, Bitta, Kutch, Gujarat.
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