Mumbai, Oct 22: Indiabulls Power Ltd. Monday announced the successful boiler lighting of the first power unit of its proposed power plant in Maharashtra, an official said.
The unit is of 270 MW capacity, while the power plant’s Phase I is of 1,350 MW capacity. The power plant, coming up at Sinnar in Nashik district, will be using treated sewage water generated from Nashik city.
The commercial power generation operations at the Sinnar plant will start January 2013.
“This is probably the first time in the country that a power plant will be operated using 190 million litres of sewage water per day to be given by Nashik civic authorities,” the official, declining to be identified, told IANS.
“We shall deploy state-of-the-art, advanced water treatment techniques and productively use the sewage. This will help reduce the pollution in the Godavari river and ease the drinking water pressures on locals,” the official explained.
The Nashik operation follows a similar successful lighting of Indiabulls’ power plant at Nandgaonpeth in eastern Maharashtra’s Amravati district sometime ago where it is constructing another 2,700 MW coal-based thermal power project.
Indiabulls Realtech Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indiabulls Power Ltd., is constructing two 2,700 MW plants, one in Amravati and the second in Nashik, with a total capacity of 5,400 MW.
Indiabulls vice-chairman Rajiv Rattan said that the Nashik power plant is strategically located in western Maharashtra, where the power demands of the state are concentrated.
“Many other power plants are located in eastern Maharashtra and the state government has to incur huge sums of money building transmission lines from the eastern to the western parts of the state,” Rattan said.