China and Japan are Working to Power India
November 9, 2007 (LPAC)--Having set itself an ambitious target of providing another 78,000 megawatts of electrical power for the nation by the year 2012, New Delhi is in the process of developing joint cooperation with foreign power companies.
India's largest engineering and construction company, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has signed a joint venture agreement with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Tokyo to set up a manufacturing plant to supply super-critical steam turbines and generators for power plants with a capacity of 500 MW to 1,000 MW. Manufacturing operations at the $215 million facility will start in 2009. The probable site for the project is at Hazira in Gujarat. Mitsubishi will hold 49% of the project.
The Essar Group, with a current construction schedule of the three power stations rated at 1,200 MW each, has placed an order with China's Harbin Power for equipment for two of the projects. Essar will import four boiler turbo generator packages and other materials for the Essar Power's projects at Jamnagar in Gujarat and Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.
Based on the progress visualized by government planners for the nation during the next two decades, the country's power generating capacity needs to increase to 400,000 mw by 2030 from the existing 130,000 mw.