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Two natural Gas-Powered Thermal Plants to Be Set Up In Chennai

Power News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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TN SM Mr Edappadi K Palaniswami informed the assembly that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited will set up two new natural-gas-based thermal units in North Chennai, The units, each with a capacity of 730MW, will come up on the erstwhile GMR power plant premises in Basin Bridge. The GMR units were naphtha-based.

A senior Tangedco official said that “We will prepare a detailed project report and seek loan from power finance companies before floating tenders. It will take at least five years for the units to generate power. The fuel will be sourced through a pipeline from the Indian Oil terminal at Ennore.”

The GMR units were decommissioned in 2018. The official said that “The GMR site is about 30 acres. That is adequate for the LNG-based units.”

The GMR units initially used diesel as fuel. Later it shifted to naphtha. The project became unviable when naphtha prices went through the roof. GMR had four units, each with a capacity of 46MW. Pollution was another reason for shutting down the GMR plant, said the official.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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