Adani Power Jharkhand Limited (APJL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Power, has become fully operational and started power supply to Bangladesh. The company achieved commercial operations date of its second unit of its 1,600 MW Godda (Jharkhand) ultra-supercritical thermal power plant (Godda USCTPP) on June 26, 2023, the company said in a release.
“The reliability run rest, including commercial operation tests of the second unit of Godda power plant was completed on June 25, 2023 in the presence of BPDB and Power Grid Corporation of Bangladesh (PGCB) officials,” Adani Power said.
Earlier on April 6 this year, the first unit of the power plant, with 800 MW capacity, also achieved its commercial operations date. Power supply from Godda USCTPP to Bangladesh's grid will further enhance energy security in the neighbouring country, the release said.
APJL will supply 1,496 MW net capacity power from 2X800 MW Godda USCTPP under the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) in November, 2017 for the period of 25 years via 400 kV dedicated transmission system connected to Bangladesh grid.
“The electricity supplied from Godda Power Plant will have a positive impact on Bangladesh’s power situation by replacing costly power generated from liquid fuel. This transition will help Bangladesh to reduce the average cost of power purchased,” the company said.
“Godda power plant will serve as a symbol of friendship and herald a new phase in the multifarious and long-standing relations of India and Bangladesh.” said SB Khyalia, CEO, Adani Power.
“APJL has completed Godda USCTPP along with dedicated transmission line within a track record time period of around 3.5 years from its financial closure despite of being affected by 3 phases of Covid waves in India, China and Bangladesh, that too with timing mismatch.”
“The unit-1 of the Godda Project had achieved COD on April 6, 2023 and within the period of around 2.5 months on June 26, 2023 unit-2 of plant achieved COD. This is the shortest time duration taken compared to any other coal based power plant of Bangladesh to synchronise the entire power plant with the grid,” he added.
Khyalia further said the plant has been set up with ultra-supercritical technology. Further, to ensure environmentally friendly operations, the plant is equipped with Flue Gas Desulphuriser (FGD) and Selective Catalytic Reconverter (SCR) system for effectively minimising emissions in alignment with the current operating norms set by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MOEF&CC).
As per the company, the commissioning of Godda USCTPP marks a significant milestone for Adani Group, BPDB, as well as for the economic co-relations between both nations. "Adani Power has become a partner in the economic growth and prosperity of Bangladesh by supplying uninterrupted and reliable electricity at competitive tariff. This collaboration shall boost the growth of industries in Bangladesh and ultimately Bangladesh economy will get stronger," it added.
Following the announcement, shares of Adani Power ended 0.59% higher at ₹254.65 apiece on the BSE.