India`s first IPP delivers electricity

ABB has announced finalization of an order to build a turnkey 235 MW combined-cycle power plant at Jegurapadu, India, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The order, valued at (US)$195 million, was placed by GVK Industries Ltd., of Hyderabad, India, an independent power producer formed to implement the project.

Construction began in early 1995 while the project`s financial details were being settled. The first of the plant`s gas turbines has been connected to the local electricity grid, and complete operation of the plant in combined-cycle mode is scheduled for this summer. This is the first of India`s privately financed, fast-track IPPs to come on stream.

ABB is responsible for planning and project management as well as supplying three 52.8 MW model GT8C gas turbosets, one steam turboset, the plant control system and heat recovery steam generators. ABB is also supplying switchgear, a 220 kV substation and transformers.

CMS Generation of the US will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plant for GVK, and the Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board will purchase the electricity generated.