India hopeful of signing nuclear plant deal with Westinghouse soon

India’s junior minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh, today said the government was still hopeful of signing a deal to set up a massive, 7.2 GW nuclear power plant in partnership with US-based Westinghouse Electric. Singh, who was responding to a question in the parliament today, said Westinghouse’s bankruptcy delayed proceedings, but […]

Power demand falls in Sept 2019 vs last year

Demand for power declined in the spot market during September 2019 compared to the same month last year, according to numbers released by Indian Energy Exchange, the biggest power exchange in the country. All India peak demand fell to 173 gigawatt from 175.6 gw in the same month last year. Similarly, energy met fell by […]

NTPC to build 520 MW hydro power projects in Himachal Pradesh

NTPC Ltd, formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation, took another step in its journey towards reducing its dependence on coal-fired plants by signing an agreement to develop two hydropower stations with a combined capacity of 520 MW. The two projects, for which NTPC has signed agreements with the Himachal Pradesh government, can be classified […]

Inox Wind gets 500 MW wind power plant order from Adani Green Energy

Inox Wind said it has received a contract from Adani Green Energy to build a 501.6 MW wind power project in Kutch District in Gujarat. The financial details of the contract were not revealed. Adani Green Energy, a subsidiary of the Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, won the projects under the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) […]

India’s Kaiga nuclear plant sets world record in operation

The Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Karnataka, developed using Indian technology, has set the world record for the longest uninterrupted operation. The 220 megawatt unit, operated by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, has produced power continuously for 941 days, breaking the world record of 940 days held by Heysham-Unit 2 of the United Kingdom. The record is […]

Nalco says facing a ‘coal crisis’ due to govt’s supply prioritization

Government of India’s NALCO, or National Aluminium Company, said its primary Aluminium smelter plant at Angul in Orissa is facing a ‘crisis’ due to the the shortage of coal to produce power. Smelting of alumina into aluminium is one of the most power-hungry processes in industrial production. To supply power to the unit, NALCO had […]

23 GW of solar parks sanctioned in India, Gujarat No.1

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh are emerging as the top destinations for large, utility scale solar projects in India, according to numbers from the Minister of New and Renewable Energy. According to data for Government of India’s “Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects” scheme, Gujarat ranked as the state with the highest number […]

India withdraws import duty on solar modules within months of imposition

India has withdrawn its decision to impose a duty of 7.5% (effectively around 10%) on imports of solar modules, and this could give a shot in the arm for the solar power industry, according to India Ratings. The move could also help achieve the government’s target of achieving total, grid-connected solar power capacity of 100 […]

BHEL gets Rs 137 cr order from NTPC for pollution retrofit

Government-controlled infrastructure equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said it has been awarded a Rs 137 cr renovation and modernisation order for a pollution control system at NTPC Ltd’s Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station. The order is for the modernization of the plant’s electrostatic precipitator (ESP), a device that removes suspended dust particles from a […]

82% of landowners accept compensation for Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant

Around 82.5% of the landowners at the site of the upcoming Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in Maharashtra have agreed to receive compensation under the project, the ministry of atomic energy said today. Out of 2,236 people whose land needs to be acquired for the mega project, 1,844 have accepted the compensation and 1,820 have received […]

Yes Bank lends Rs 750 cr to Mahindra Group for Rewa solar plant

Yes Bank said it will lend Rs 750 cr to Mahindra Renewables Pvt. Ltd., part of the Mahindra Group, for constructing a 250 megawatt solar farm in the solar park at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. The project has raised another Rs 200 cr from other financial institutions and achieved financial closure, the bank added. The […]

Suzlon completes execution of solar orders; to focus on solar+wind hybrid farms

Suzlon Energy, one of the pioneers of wind power in India, said it has finished commissioning its entire solar order book of 340 megawatt, and will focus on hybrid solar-wind projects going forward. Out of the 340 MW erected, 210 MW was erected in Telangana, 60 MW in Rajasthan and 70 MW in Maharashtra. The […]