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November 15, 2018, Thursday

LATEST NEWS UPDATES ON ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE FROM ACROSS THE MEDIA SPACE

STORY OF THE DAY

Faster Trains: Piyush Goyal's Mega Push To Lumbering Railways

Faster Trains: Piyush Goyal's Mega Push To Lumbering Railways

Slow and late trains will soon become a thing of the past. Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has planned a multi-pronged scheme to give India's lumbering trains a mega push.

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EESL Secures $454 Million Funding From Global Environment Facility

EESL Secures $454 Million Funding From Global Environment Facility

In a boost to India’s efforts to transition to a low-carbon economy, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will provide $454 million in funding for energy-efficiency projects run by state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL).

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Coal Ministry Prioritises Turning Coal India Into A 'Clean' Company

Coal Ministry Prioritises Turning Coal India Into A 'Clean' Company

In its quest to make Coal India a cleaner company, the coal ministry has prioritised development and adoption of clean coal technologies like coal to liquid, coal to polychemicals among other initiatives.

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Revolving Fund For Energy Efficiency Launched; Five Cities To Benefit

Revolving Fund For Energy Efficiency Launched; Five Cities To Benefit

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) along with Energy Efficiency Service Ltd has launched a revolving fund for three efficiency areas.

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NTPC Accident: Boiler Blast In Up’s Unchahar Plant Leaves 16 Dead, 100 Injured

NTPC Accident: Boiler Blast In Up’s Unchahar Plant Leaves 16 Dead, 100 Injured

Sixteen people were killed and up to 100 injured in an boiler blast in state-run NTPC Ltd’s Unchahar power plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh.

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LIC Raises Stake In Coal India To 9.4pc

LIC Raises Stake In Coal India To 9.4pc

Insurance behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India has hiked stake in state-owned Coal India to 9.4 per cent, the coal major said.

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Coal-Based Power Generation May Touch 441 GW By 2040:CIL Chief

Coal-Based Power Generation May Touch 441 GW By 2040:CIL Chief

Stating that India's energy sector was on the "cusp of transformation", Coal India chairman Gopal Singh today said coal-based power generation capacity is expected to be over 330-441 GW by 2040 from the current 192 GW.

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Odisha Seeks To Recover Rs 20,169 Crore From Mahanadi Coalfield

Odisha Seeks To Recover Rs 20,169 Crore From Mahanadi Coalfield

The Odisha government has sent show cause notices to the tune of Rs 20,169-crore to Coal India subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields for alleged violation of environmental norms, its biggest claim since the Supreme Court imposed 100% penalty on illegal mining.

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Solar Industries India Bags Rs 1,143 Cr Order From Coal India

Solar Industries India Bags Rs 1,143 Cr Order From Coal India

Specialty chemicals maker Solar Industries India today said it has bagged a Rs 1,143-crore contract from Coal India for supply of bulk explosives.

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Indian Petcoke Ban To Boost Coal Imports Amid Already Tight Market

Indian Petcoke Ban To Boost Coal Imports Amid Already Tight Market

A ban on petroleum coke around the Indian capital of New Delhi starting from Wednesday will require the country to raise its imports of coal to replace the fuel, just as Asia is heading into the tightest market conditions for coal in years.

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Kudankulam Nuclear Plant's Second Unit May Restart Mid-November

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant's Second Unit May Restart Mid-November

The restarting of the second 1,000 MW nuclear power unit at Kudankulam belonging to Nuclear Power Corporationof India Ltd is expected to happen during November second week, said a senior official.

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JSW Energy Q2FY18 Consolidated Net Profit Rises 38.3% yoy

JSW Energy Q2FY18 Consolidated Net Profit Rises 38.3% yoy

JSW Energy consolidated revenue for the quarter came in at Rs. 2049 crore, registering 0.1% yoy increase.

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Tata Power Commissions 30 Mw In Maharashtra, India

Tata Power Commissions 30 Mw In Maharashtra, India

TPREL, Tata Power’s 100% owned renewable energy subsidiary, has commissioned a 30 MW solar plant, spread over 140 acres in Palaswade village in Maan Taluka, in Satara district located 350km south of Aurangabad city, Maharashtra.

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Government Thrust On Renewables Cooling, Say Solar Stakeholders

Government Thrust On Renewables Cooling, Say Solar Stakeholders

Though India was a major inspiration behind the formation of the Gurugram-headquartered International Solar Alliance, the government's earlier thrust on renewable energy seems to have abated, stakeholders say.

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Climate Change: Coal India Among Top 3 Companies Emitting CO2 In The World

Climate Change: Coal India Among Top 3 Companies Emitting CO2 In The World

According to a study, it was found out that world’s biggest 250 companies account for a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions yet few have strong goals to limit rising temperatures even as climate change has become such a big issue for policymakers to grapple with.

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Brazil Joins International Energy Agency As Association Country

Brazil Joins International Energy Agency As Association Country

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced Brazil has joined the agency as an Association country and that the development opens up new avenues for cooperation towards a more secure and sustainable energy future with Latin America's largest country.

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Nuclear Reactors

Pakistan Plans To Build Several New Nuclear Reactors: Official

Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, the country's atomic energy commission chairman said.

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electrification scheme

Power To 4 Crore Houses A Challenge For Centre

Providing electricity connections to more than four crore rural houses at a cost of Rs 16,000 crore under the ambitious ‘Saubhagya’ electrification scheme of the Union power ministry has become a challenge for electricity distributing companies (discoms) across the country.

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Solar Panels

Solar Panels To Cost Metro 1.5 Cr Less

After completing the installation of solar panels on all 12 Metro stations along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operator of Metro has said that this initiative will save them Rs 1.5 crore every year.

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Power Sector

Maharashtra: Amnesty Scheme To Recover Power Dues From Farm Sector

ENERGY MINISTER Chandrashekhar Bawankule has announced an amnesty scheme for electricity bill defaulters from the farm sector, in a bid to recover arrears amounting to over Rs 19,000 crore.

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Solar Panel

No Sops If Chinese Solar Panel Used, Says Government

The government subsidy will not be extended to solar plants if they use Chinese panels. The government will give the subsidy to solar plants which use Indian-made solar panels.

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Electricity Bills, Solar Panel

Mumbai College Installs 150 Solar Panel, Cuts Electricity Bills By 60%

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Maharashtra College of Arts and Commerce from South Mumbai has installed a rooftop solar plant of 50 kilo watt.

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India: Schneider Emerges As Top Bidder For L&T’s Electrical Unit, Temasek Too May Join

India: Schneider Emerges As Top Bidder For L&T’s Electrical Unit, Temasek Too May Join

Schneider Electric SE, a French multinational specializing in energy management and automation, has emerged as the top bidder to acquire engineering company Larsen and Toubro Ltd’s (L&T’s) electric and automation division, two people familiar with the development said.

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mining sector

Suggestions For New National Mineral Policy: For A ‘Lucrative’ Sector, Ease Taxes, Use Tech To Curb Corruption

Revamp the taxation structure applicable to the mining sector in India; reduce the “widespread instances of corruption prevailing in the administration” of mining rules and regulations through “technology-based monitoring approach

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Electric vehicles

‘LEDs Will Be 7-10 Times More Efficient In EVs’

Electric vehicles (EV) will accelerate the penetration of LEDs as traditional lights are drawing too much of energy from the drivetrain, and EVs really cannot justify the traditional lighting source.

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Hydro Giant Plans

India’s Hydro Giant Plans Another 150mw Of Solar With SECI

Indian state-run power firm National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) plans to build another 150MW of solar projects in partnership with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

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Hydel Projects

CIC Says No To Information On J&K Hydel Projects

The Central Information Commission has refused to direct state-owned NHPC to disclose details of its on-going negotiations with the Jammu & Kashmir government for handing over of seven hydroelectric projects in the state.

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Crude Oil Price

Global Crude Oil Price Of Indian Basket Was US$ 59.03 Per Bbl On 31.10.2017

The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 59.03 per barrel (bbl) on 31.10.2017.

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India's ONGC Chairman Says "Comfortable With Current Global Oil Prices"

India's ONGC Chairman Says "Comfortable With Current Global Oil Prices"

India's ONGC exec says aim to raise oil production to 27 million tonnes and gas production to 42 billion cubic meters by 2021-22‍

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Non-Subsidised LPG Cooking Gas Hiked By Rs 93/Bottle, ATF Price Increased By 2%

Non-Subsidised LPG Cooking Gas Hiked By Rs 93/Bottle, ATF Price Increased By 2%

The price of non-subsidised LPG or market priced cooking gas has been hiked by Rs 93 to Rs 742 per bottle. At the last revision on October 1 the rate was hiked by Rs 50 to Rs 649 per bottle. 

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Kazakhstan's Kashagan Oilfield Will Produce 370,000 Bpd By 2018

Kazakhstan's Kashagan Oilfield Will Produce 370,000 Bpd By 2018

Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oilfield will reach production capacity of 370,000 barrels per day in 2018 rather than this year, North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC) said on Wednesday.

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

PMUY: 3 Cr LPG Connections Already Issued, Oil Min Seeks To Serve Another 3 Cr Beneficiaries

With more than 3 crore liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections issued within 18 months since the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), the ministry of petroleum and natural gas is set to move a Cabinet note to increase the number of beneficiaries to be covered under the scheme. 

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power plants, PLF

Gas-Based Plants May Turn Idle

Gas-based power plants, already reeling under financial stress and availability of cheaper alternatives, face further risk as their plant load factor (PLF) is set to deteriorate from a lowly 23% at present.

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HPCL, MRPL

HPCL May Buy MRPL In Share-Swap Deal

Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) is likely to acquire Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) in a share-swap deal to become India's second-largest oil refiner.

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Railways To Grade Stations For Faster Infrastructure Revamp

Railways To Grade Stations For Faster Infrastructure Revamp

Several suburban stations in Mumbai which receive high footfalls and stations of strategic importance across the country may now be placed in the topmost category of stations allowing them to get a faster upgrade of infrastructure and passenger facilities.

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Railways Extends Executive Class Free Travel To Ashok, Kirti Chakra Awardees

Railways Extends Executive Class Free Travel To Ashok, Kirti Chakra Awardees

Ashok Chakra and Kirti Chakra awardees can now travel for free in executive class in any train for life, giving them travel benefits at par with the recipients of Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra, according to the railways.

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Is PM Modi's Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project Viable? Railways' RTI Reply Offers A Hint

Is PM Modi's Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project Viable? Railways' RTI Reply Offers A Hint

The debate over the viability of India's first bullet train project on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route is back again.

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100 Smart Cities Mission Must Act Like A Lighthouse To Other Aspiring Cities: Puri

100 Smart Cities Mission Must Act Like A Lighthouse To Other Aspiring Cities: Puri

Cities, the engines of economic growth, must follow a growth model that is sustainable and in line with national environmental priorities.

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Quora User Asked About Rail Safety And You Won’t Believe Who Answered

Quora User Asked About Rail Safety And You Won’t Believe Who Answered

A Quora user asked a question on safety of Railways and you won't believe who answered. It was the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal himself.

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Goods Train Derails In Harda, MP

Goods Train Derails In Harda, MP

Carriage of a goods train derailed near Bhirangi railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Harda on Wednesday.

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Panchavati Express Enters 43rd Year

Panchavati Express Enters 43rd Year

The Manmad-Mumbai Panchavati Express today completed 42 years of its operations, Central Railway officials said.

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Gujarat Transport Gearing Up To Go Eco-Friendly

Gujarat Transport Gearing Up To Go Eco-Friendly

The Government of Gujarat is in the process to experiment Solar Bus service in the State, battery-run buses.

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Bullet Train Route Making Losses Since July, Reveals RTI Reply: 10 Points

Bullet Train Route Making Losses Since July, Reveals RTI Reply: 10 Points

India's first bullet train, set to debut in 2023 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat and Maharashtra, may not have been planned on a very profitable route, an activist's RTI or Right to Information query has revealed.

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Officials Mum On Hancock Bridge Rebuilding, Pass The Buck Instead

Officials Mum On Hancock Bridge Rebuilding, Pass The Buck Instead

It was in November 2015, that the 135-year-old Hancock Bridge near Sandhurst Road station was demolished by Central Railway and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

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Bullet Train Route

On Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Route, Existing Trains Run 40 Percent Empty

As the Narendra Modi government proceeds with the grandiose plans for a 'Bullet Train' between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, a RTI query has revealed that over 40 percent of seats on all the trains on this sector go vacant causing huge losses to Western Railway.

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Bmc-railways Hold Joint Meet, Plan For Subways

BMC-Railways Hold Joint Meet, Plan For Subways

Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Tuesday called for a review meeting of the Bridges department and Removal of Encroachments department of BMC

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Bharatmala Pariyojana

From Bharatmala, Mumbai Airport To Pot Hole Deaths, Here Is What Grabbed Attention In Infrastructure Space

A strong roads network will boost economic activity and have multiplier effects in the construction stage itself. Under Bharatmala, highways through economic corridors centred on manufacturing, feeder routes, coastal and port connectivity roads will be constructed. 

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Bharatmala Pariyojana

Bharatmala Moves To High Speed Zone; NHAI Set To Give Project Approvals In 15 Days Under New Rules

The government's flagship roads programme, Bharatmala Pariyojana (BMP), is expected to see three times speedier implementation of projects as the guidelines allow “great degree of power” to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

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Namami Gange

Perception Is That Nothing Is Being Done Under Namami Gange: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

There is a general perception that nothing is being done under the government’s ambitious ‘Namami Gange’ programme, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said and directed officials to change the image by transparent, time- bound and quality work 

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Solar Panel

U.S. Trade Panel Recommends Varying Solar Panel Import Restrictions

Members of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday made three different recommendations for restricting solar cell and panel imports on Tuesday, giving U.S. President Donald Trump a range of choices to address injury to domestic producers.

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