The successful synchronisation of the second unit of the 2x135 MW power project of Essar Power Hazira Limited (EPHL) reaffirms the Power team’s dedication and efficiency. The second 135 MW unit was synchronised on 19 November 2016 and achieved the contracted capacity on the same day. Completed in a record 53 days—from IBR Hydrotest to final synchronisation—it is among the swiftest commissioning for a unit of this size. The first unit was commissioned in July last year.
With this commissioning, the 270 MW multi-fuel power plant that is 100% captive to Essar Steel Hazira is now fully operational. The plant can run on multiple fuels, like coal, corex gas, naphtha and liquid fuel, simultaneously. The commissioning will bring down the power procurement cost of Essar Steel and also assure unmatched reliability and flexibility in steelmaking operations.
Close to 80 % of Essar Power’s targeted capacity of 6,100 MW, which comprises both captive and IPP assets, are now operational. Five of the plants in the company’s portfolio are now PAT positive. Over the last two years, increased coal availability, both from domestic and overseas suppliers, as well as the strong operational efficiencies harnessed by Essar Power’s world-class technical team have helped improve performance significantly.