New Delhi: The Principal Secretary (Power), Government of Delhi Arun Goyal today visited the 1500 MW Bawana Power Plant and reviewed its summer readiness. He was accompanied by the MD of Pragati Power Corporation Ltd. (PPCL) and Additional Secretary (Power) Sh. Ankur Garg and District Magistrate (North-West) Sh. Udit Prakash Rai. The team of senior officers from PPCL made a detailed presentation on the progress of on-going works and apprised the visiting dignitaries on various factors such as availability of gas and preparedness of the plant for meeting the power requirements of Delhi during the ensuing summer months. The functioning of both the modules of Gas and Steam Turbines was inspected through detailed site visits.
It may be recalled that the plant has an installed capacity of 1500 MW and the entire capacity has been declared for commercial operation w.e.f. 27th March 2014. The plant consists of a total of six units – four gas units and two steam turbines. The work for this power project was awarded to M/s BHEL on turnkey basis. The foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister of India on 24th March 2008.
Bawana is the largest capacity gas plant in Northern India and the second largest in the country. State-of-the-art ‘Advance Class Gas Turbines’ of GE make have been installed in the project, which have the highest efficiency in their class. The plant stands out amongst other similar plants as it exclusively uses sewerage-treated water for its operations and has no dependence on ground or fresh water source. The plant has also installed DLN (Dry Low NOX) burners installed which brings down the NOX emission levels to less than 25 PPM as against the acceptable levels of 50 PPM prescribed from environment point of view.
In recent months, full capacity of the plant has not been utilized due to non-availability of gas, which is a result of overall shortage of gas in the country. At the present levels of gas availability, the plant can generate 350 MW for the city of Delhi. With the gas production likely to pick up in future, full potential of this crown jewel of Delhi’s Power Sector will be realized. With both modules declared for commercial operation, the plant is in full technical readiness to service 1500 MW to Delhi.