Ready to go for 495-MW plant at Saphale

Vol 4, PW 21 (22 Nov 00) Midstream & Downstream

After an agonizing wait of four years, the Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply (BSES) company this month also received its 'Section 44' clearance from the Maharashtra State Electricity Board for its 495-MW gas-fired power project at Saphale.

MSEB chairman Yashwant Bhave tells Petrowatch BSES has begun the process of getting clearances from the forests and environment department of the state government. "We also plan to get techno-economic clearance from the Central Electricity Authority," adds SS Dua, BSES Technical director.

Dua said all clearances should take another six months, after which construction will begin. BSES has shortlisted Bharat Heavy Electricals as the EPC contractor based on the lowest bid received.

"We have to do some fine tuning before we can confirm BHEL as the EPC contractor," Dua tells this report. BSES has been allocated 850,000 cubic metres a day to fire the project and has received an offer from ONGC to supply additional gas from the C-24 field off Bombay, enough to fire 200-MW.

Contract negotiations with ONGC are expected to begin shortly. The project was originally slated for Dahanu, but local opposition led to its re-location at Saphale.

Four years ago, BSES estimated the total cost of the project to be Rs1,800cr ($396m).