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Maithon plant off to flying start

Dhanbad, July 25: Maithon Power Limited (MPL), the first public-private-partnership greenfield power project in the country, has become fully operational to its total capacity of 1,050MW with major stakeholder Tata Power announcing commissioning of the 525MW second unit on Tuesday.

The first unit, also of 525MW, started functioning last September.

Maithon Power Limited is located about 45km from Dhanbad district headquarters, about 250km from Jamshedpur and about 25km from Asansol in Bengal.

The Rs 5,000-crore project — a joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation (74:26) — will supply power to three states, Bengal, Punjab and Jharkhand, besides Delhi and also Damodar Valley Corporation. Of the total 1,050MW produced, Jharkhand is to get around 25 per cent, which works to around 250MW.

There is also an agreement with BCCL and CCL for purchase of coal. Notably, each unit consumes around 5,000 tonne of coal per day.

A press release issued by Tata Power, Mumbai office, on Tuesday evening blamed the delay in commissioning the second unit of the much-delayed plant on coal logistics and tie-up with companies for supply of the mineral.

Quoting managing director of Tata Power Limited Anil Sardana, the release said: “We are happy to declare the commercial operation of the second unit of Maithon Power Limited as the project reiterates the successful public-private-partnership in power generation in the country.”

Chief executive officer of Maithon Power Limited Bhaskar Sarkar, on the other hand, said operation of the second unit was a significant milestone despite challenges like unavailability of coal.