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Singareni solar capacity to reach 300 MW by end of this year: CMD N. Sridhar

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Mr. N. Sridhar, Chairman and MD directed the review of Singareni Thermal, Solar power projects.

Mr. N. Sridhar, CMD SCCL directed that Singareni should reach the solar power generation capacity of 300 MW by the end of this year and the construction of the remaining 76 MW plants in the first phase should be completed as soon as possible. He discussed the Singareni thermal and solar power review meeting held at Singareni Bhawan, Hyderabad today.

In the first phase, it was decided to take up the construction of 300 megawatt solar plants, out of which 5 megawatts of floating solar, construction of a total of 224 megawatt plants has been completed and production is underway, and the remaining 76 megawatts should be completed by November this year, the CMD directed.

CMD said that the 11 megawatt plants to be taken up in Chennoor of Manchiryala district and the 10.5 megawatt plants to be taken up in Kothagudem are expected to be completed by this September. He also clarified that 22 megawatts to be taken up at Ramagundam OC-1 overburden dump should be completed by October and 22.5 megawatts to be taken up at Kothagudem by November.

Of the 15 megawatts of floating solar to be taken up in the STPP reservoir, 5 megawatts have already been completed. The remaining 10 megawatts have been ordered to be completed by this December.

Also, by 2024-25, Singareni has already decided to take up 240 megawatt solar plants in the second phase so that it can become a net zero company by meeting its organizational energy needs through solar power.

These include 35 MW plants at Satthupalli, Srirampur I.K. A 27.5 megawatt plant at Chennur and 5 plants with a capacity of 65 megawatts have been proposed to be constructed in Mandamarri area at vacant sites available at various mines and colonies.

Also, a 37.5 MW solar plant is to be constructed in the vacant space available at Singareni Thermal Power Station, two plants of 41 MW capacity are to be constructed in Ramagundam-3 area, a 12 MW plant in Bhupalapalli, a 5 MW plant in the old power house site in Ramagundam-1 area, and the existing one in Illandu. The CMD ordered the officials to set up 15 megawatt plants in the empty space next to the solar plant.

STPP should be kept at number-1 this year

Chairman and MD Mr. N. Sridhar directed that Singareni Thermal Power Plant should take all steps to stand at the number-1 position in the country with outstanding performance this year as well.

Officials explained on this occasion that capital overhauling (a thorough inspection of all machines) has been undertaken for the first unit in STPP.. Normally it takes 45 days for capital overhauling.. but this process was completed within 35 days and the unit was made available. Expressing joy on this, Chairman and MD suggested to record the best plant load factor without any breakdown in the coming days.

CTC Shri Sanjay Kumar Sur, GM(STPP) Shri D.V.S.N.Raju, GM(Solar) Shri Janakiram, Chief of Power Shri N.V.K.Vishwanatha Raju, AGM( (Civil) Shri K.S.N. Prasad, AGM (Finance) Shri Sudhakar, Chief O&M Shri J.N. Singh, GM (Civil) Shri T. Suryanarayana and others participated through video conference.

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