‘One-third power capacity addition by private sector’

August 25th, 2011 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Sushil Kumar New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS) The government Thursday said the private sector would contribute nearly 36 percent of power sector capacity expansion in the 11th Five Year Plan, which ends 2012, and over 50 percent in the next plan period.

“The private sector would contribute to nearly 36 percent of the capacity addition in the 11th Plan and over 50 percent of the capacity addition proposed for the 12th Plan. The private sector will bring in nearly 19,000 MW during the current plan,” Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said while addressing the members of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to his ministry here.

According to Shinde, the country’s installed power capacity grew by 37 percent in the last four years to reach 1,81,000 MW in July 2011, from 1,32,000 MW in March 2007.

Shinde further said the power generation equipment capacity at the state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) will be increased to 20,000 MW in 2012 from 10,000 MW in 2007.

“Several new joint venture companies have been formed to manufacture supercritical boilers and turbine-generators for thermal power plants,” Shinde said.

Shinde said the government has approved bulk tendering for 11 units of 660 MW power each. Another bulk tender for nine units of 800 MW each has also been approved.

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