The project is supplying power to India's power-starved Southern Region through the IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Ltd (ITPCL), which houses the 3,840 MW imported coal-based thermal power plant in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Of the cumulative project capacity, Phase I of 1,200 MW has commenced commercial operation; the second phase will have 3 x 660 MW and the final phase will have 1 x 660MW with necessary approvals.
Innovations and Impact
- The power plant uses environment-friendly technology and imported coal from its captive coal mine in Indonesia, which has low ash content.
- The project has a captive desalination plant and uses sea water to meet its water requirements, thus reducing the pressure on inland freshwater resources of the state.
- It is one of the few plants in the country with Flue Gas De-sulphurisation (FGD) to capture sulphur from the gases and reduce sulphur emission.
- The project provided direct employment to over 5000 persons during the construction phase and provides employment to over 1000 persons during operations.
Link to the project website with information on the project and other activities