Essar Energy plc
, an India-based integrated energy company, announced that the first phase of the expansion of its Vadinar power plant (Unit #1) has been commissioned and is supplying both power and steam to its Vadinar oil refinery, under a long-term contract.
The Vadinar combined heat and power plant expansion is being implemented in two phases and, including the steam capacity, will increase the total installed capacity by 890 MW
The first phase (Vadinar P1) consists of 380 MW, comprising 220 MW (two units) of gas fired power generation capacity and 630 tonnes/hour of steam capacity
The second phase (Vadinar P2) consists of a multi-fuelled (coal, naphtha, light cycle oil, clarified slurry oil and furnace oil) cogeneration power plant of 510 MW, comprising 325 MW of power generation capacity and 900 tonnes/hour of steam capacity.
Commenting on the commissioning of the first phase, Naresh Nayyar, CEO of Essar Energy said, “The Vadinar P1 power station is the first to enter commercial operations since our IPO and has been delivered within its original budget of $160m.
“The power and steam it produces will allow Essar Energy to improve the operating efficiency of the Vadinar refinery, increase the security of power and steam supply and lower our environmental impact.”
The Essar Energy plans to increase its operating capacity from its current 1220 MW to 11 470 MW by the end of 2014.