CG wins $105 million order to set up transmission networks in Indonesia

Avantha Group Company CG today said it has won a $105 million or around Rs 720 crore order from PT PLN, the state-owned electricity company of Indonesia, to manufacture and install power transformers.

CG’s power transformers will be installed across PT PLN’s transmission network, spread over multiple substations and power plants in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and the Papua islands of the Indonesian archipelago Read more

Cairn India gets nod for drilling 64 exploratory, appraisal

A committee under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has given a green signal to Cairn India for undertaking drilling works of 64 exploratory and appraisal wells in KG-OSN-2009/3 block in KG basin at Prakasam and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) while according to environmental clearance set a few conditions along with other specific and general environmental conditions relevant to the project proposal. Read More…

BHEL commissions 500 MW thermal unit in West Bengal

State-run power equipment maker BHELBSE -0.47 % today said it has commissioned another 500 MW unit of Sagardighi Thermal Power Station Phase II in West Bengal.

“The unit was the second 500 MW set to be commissioned at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal,” BHEL said in a statement.

The first unit of the 1,000-MW project was commissioned in December, 2015. The project has been set up by West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL), it said.

BHEL’s scope of work in the contract envisaged design, engineering, manufacture, supply and erection and commissioning of steam generators, steam turbine generators and auxiliaries, electrical equipment, switchyard and state-of-the-art controls and instrumentation (C&I), along with associated civil works. Read More…

SPML Infra bags new orders worth Rs 800 cr

SPML Infra Ltd on Monday said it has bagged new orders worth Rs 800 crore for various projects including developing power substations.

SPML Infra has received several new orders for developing power substation, rooftop solar power plant, water and wastewater treatment and municipal solid waste management projects from different states across the country, the company said in a BSE filing.

The company’s Chairman Subhash Sethi said, “We are excited to receive these new orders to develop power infrastructure in Tripura that is going to accelerate the northeastern states’ development agenda, improve economic growth and citizen well-being through quality power supply.”

The order for solar power projects is in line with the company’s efforts to develop renewable energy source to meet many challenges facing the world with benefits to the people and the environment, Sethi added. Read More…

UDAY will see traction three-four months down the line, says Feedback energy distribution chief

Feedback Infra, one of India’s top infrastructure services companies, has been working with the ministry of power on the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY). The policy comes at a time when state-run power distribution utilities have an accumulated loss of more than Rs.3.8 trillion and a debt of Rs.4.3 trillion. In a conversation with InfraCircle, Devtosh Chaturvedi, managing director of Feedback Energy Distribution Co. Pvt. Ltd talks about UDAY and the state discoms:

Where do you see UDAY going?

People in the central agencies, stake holders associated with UDAY and people in power ministry are pretty enthused about the policy. Financial reengineering leading to operational excellence is an encouraging aspect as well. The same sensitivity unfortunately is lacking at state level. The urgency that we see at Centre has not transcended to the states. We are sceptical about the fact that the fantastic intent would not get converted into ground implementation. Having said that, there is always a silver lining in whatever we do in the distribution space because there are multiple ministries at the state level that are involved this time. Today the states are seeing this as a way and mean to dispose off their past liabilities. The focus on operational excellence is missing. Read More…

7 Powerful Charts That Prove Renewable Energy is Not “Hippie Talk”

Plunging costs driven by new technologies and policies have unleashed unprecedented growth in the renewable energy sector according to a new publication by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson spoke at the report’s launch and put it like this: “Ten years ago, renewable energy was considered hippie talk” but now it is “becoming a reality,” according to an IRENA tweet.

The REthinking Energy report highlights how global investment in renewables has now grown for more than a decade, from less than $50 billion in 2004 to a record $305 billion in 2015. Read More…

India launches ambitious projects to drive energy sector transformation

India’s ambitious plan worth $1trillion (Dh3.67 trillion) to partially transform its energy sector into clean energy and enhance energy efficiency will help millions of villagers and help households save billions of dollars in electricity bills, a senior official told Gulf News on Monday.

“India has $1 trillion investment opportunity in energy sector, which will see 40 per cent of renewables in energy mix by 2030 as part of India’s commitment to Paris agreement [the global deal to keep a temperature rise below two degree Celsius in this century]. We expect investment and technology from the UAE for this transformation,” said Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, in an interview at the World Future Energy Summit.

India plans to increase its 44 gigawatt (GW) installed capacity in renewables [of total 310 GW capacity] into 175 GW by 2022, he said. This will need $250 billion dollar investments in renewables by 2022.
“It may be also possible to add additional 75 GW hydropower also by 2022,” he added.

The new projects will help meet India’s energy demand growth of 6 to 7 per cent per annum. Read More…

Tata Power, ReNew top list of large scale solar players: Report

Utility scale solar in India has seen exponential growth over the past two years with installations of approximately 9 GW to date, making up about 94 percent of total installations. Tata Power has come out on top with the largest share of operating projects in India, while ReNew Power aced the ranking with the largest pipeline of large-scale projects in the country.

With a steep fall in module prices over the last six months and slow development of the rooftop market, large-scale project development is expected to continue to make up a majority of solar installations in the country.

While developers like Adani and Azure have grown by building project pipelines organically over time, Tata Power and Greenko have taken the route of growth by acquisition. As the large-scale solar market grows, there are plenty of opportunities for entering the space though acquisitions.

Top Developers:

Projects in Operation Currently, there are approximately 200 developers with projects of at least 5 MW or more in operation. The top 20 developers account for almost 60 percent of all operating utility-scale projects in the country. Read More…

Sikkim likely to join power distribution reform scheme UDAY next week

Sikkim is likely to join Ujjawal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) next week taking the tally of states accepting the centre’s electricity distribution revival scheme to 22, amid growing focus on power reforms.

“A memorandum of understanding for this would be signed in 7-10 days,” said an official close to the development. The north-eastern state had an average AT&C loss level of 45.51 per cent, at the end of March 2015. The state government has projected bringing down the losses to 20 per cent by 2021-22.

UDAY was launched by the government in November 2015 to ensure financial stability for debt-ridden distribution utilities. Sikkim’s power department had nil outstanding debt at the end of March 2015, power minister Piyush Goyal had said in a written reply in Lok Sabha last August. Read More…

NHPC’s TLDP-III plant of 132 MW to remain shut till Jan 23

State-run hydro power producer NHPC today said its Teesta Low Dam Project-III (TLDP-III) of 132 MW in West Bengal will remain shut for eight days till January 23 for restoration work of GIS.

“TLDP-III (4X33) 132 MW power station in West Bengal shall be under complete shutdown from January 16 to January 23, 2017 for restoration work of GIS (Line-I Bay),” NHPC Ltd informed BSE today.

Teesta Low Dam-III project was entrusted to NHPC on November 15, 2000. The power station is a run of the river scheme with small pondage to harness the hydropower potential of river Teesta in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

The power station is designed to generate 594.07 million units annually in 90 per cent dependable year. The units I, II,III and IV were commissioned on January 28, January 16, February 24 and March 31, respectively in 2013. Read More…