ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Making Power Pay

Making Power Pay Hansavivek TATA ELECTRICAL COMPANIES' proposal for the second 500 MW unit at Trombay, in replacement of the ageing units, which have been in active service for 23-27 years, has been recommended by government of Maharashtra to Central government for clearance. In the context of the present power situation and particularly in view of the growing needs of the Bombay metropolis for adequate and reliable power supply, Naval H Tata, Chairman of Tata Hydro-Electric, Andhra Valley and Tata Power, hopes that Centra I government will give an early approval and that financial arrangements for implementing the project will be finalised without delay. A World Bank team appraised the project in March last and processing of a possible loan is in an advanced stage for consideration by World Bank authorities. Meanwhile, construction and erection of the first 500 MW unit at Trombay is basically completed and commissioning of complex thermal sub-system has com- menced. The unit is expected to start generating power within a few months. The Tata Companies' proposal for augmenting hydro resources by installing 150 MW unit for peaking purposes at Bhira with a possibility of pumped storage facilities is also awaiting clearance by the state government. This project will provide peaking power at minimal cost.

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