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AP to buy power from HNPCL

Visakhapatnam: The AP energy, infrastructure and investment department has accorded approval for purchase of 100% power generated by Hinduja National Power Corporation Limited (HNPCL).

In a GO released on Wednesday, the department has stated that 1040 mw of power generated by HNPCL will be utilised by APPCC (AP Power Coordination Committee), APEPDCL Visakhapatnam and APSPDCL Tirupati as per the tariff approved by the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Meanwhile, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in a release said it has successfully commissioned a 520 mw coal-based thermal generating unit in Andhra Pradesh.

The unit has been commissioned at the 2×520 mw Vizag Thermal Power Project of HNPCL, the release said. The 2×520 MW Vizag Thermal Power Project has been executed by BHEL on EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) basis.

Located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the project uses single flow condenser and sea water as main cooling water. Though the project was severely affected by cyclone Hudhud in 2014 while it was under construction, efforts were made by BHEL and HNPCL resulting in curtailing delays and commissioning both units.

In Visakhapatnam district, four 500 mw thermal sets supplied and executed by BHEL are already successfully operating at Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station of NTPC.

BHEL has also recently secured prestigious orders for setting up two supercritical thermal power projects involving one unit each of the country’s highest rating 800 mw sets in Andhra Pradesh. The projects are 1×800 MW Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station (Dr NTTPS) Stage-V of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGENCO) and 1×800 MW Sri Damodaram Sanjeevaiah Thermal Power Station (SDSTPS) Stage-II, popularly known as Krishnapatnam Supercritical Thermal Power Project, of Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company Ltd. (APPDCL).