Construction in full swing at Dabhol
1-Jan-1970


It is not only generation that has re-started at the beleaguered Dabhol power plant but construction is also in full swing with the power ministry fixing tight timelines for completion of the 2,184 mw Dabhol power project. Dabhol is currently providing 350 mw power to Maharashtra.  
 
In a presentation to the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) last week, the power ministry said the LNG facility, excluding the breakwater facility and the jetty, would be completed by March 2007. The breakwater facility and jetty are expected to be completed by end of 2009.  
 
The entire power plant, with the exception of the breakwater and the jetty, is expected to be fully operational by April 2007. The total completion cost comes to Rs1,957 crore, which is higher than the original estimate of Rs 1,203 crore.  
 
The jetty would have to be re-oriented at a slight angle now as the water currents had shifted in the last few years, thanks to siltation in the channel, said sources in the ministry.  
 
It, they pointed out, would also add to escalation of the completion cost of the LNG terminal. Currently, the cost is pegged at Rs 1,500 crore.  
 
According to a study by SBI Caps, the breakwater is essential to the project, as only 20 per cent of the facilities in the plant can be used without it.  
 
The ministry is also planning to sell LNG to other users.  


Source: Business Standard, Mumbai
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