Doosan Heavy Industries has won a $2.3bn contract to build 2,640 MW of new coal-fired power capacity in India.

The contract, awarded by the Indian State Government of Uttar Pradesh to Doosan Power Systems India (DPSI) will lead to the construction of two thermoelectric power plants in the region.

Doosan will build two power generators, each with 660 MW capacity, at the Obra-C coal-fired electrical power plant in Sonebhadra. The firm will also build another two generators, each with 660 MW capacity, at the Jawaharpur coal-fired electrical power plant in Etah.

The company’s engineering, procurement and construction division chief Kim Heon-tak was reported by Korea Times as saying: “Doosan Heavy has put its utmost efforts into making inroads into India’s power market. The two power plants will help satisfy the region’s electricity demands.”

“The deal will mark a foothold for our future operation in India. The country is expected to consume a total of 18 GW of electricity a year by 2020.”

Doosan expects to complete work at the Obra-C and Jawaharpur sites by October 2020 and February 2021 respectively.