Power builds 1,776 MW floating solar projects to add core DVC capacity

A top official said that Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) would only focus on solar projects to add capacity.

(Natural Energy News): It has already given 1776 MW floating solar projects out of four dams in West Bengal and Jharkhand, both states jointly owning the corporation with the central government.

DVC has finalized a 50 MW solar project at Panchet (West Bengal), for which a tender has been floated.

DVC member Prabir Kumar Mukhopadhyay told PTI, "We will implement 1776 MW floating solar plants in four dams of Maithon, Tilaiya, Konar and Panchet. The project will be executed in three phases and the first will be of 50MW."

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He said the company has zeroed in on the L1 bidder for the Panchet project and the work order will be finalized in early October.

The feasibility study of solar power projects, which are likely to use about 15 percent of their capacity, was done by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.

Mukhopadhyay said that the corporation has large tracts of land and in the last two years, it had retired the old thermal capacity of 840 MW at Bokaro, Chandrapura and Durgapur.

DVC now has about 7,000 MW of thermal capacity.

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The corporation is also concerned about parts of the 1,200 MW thermal power plant at Raghunathpur in Purulia district of West Bengal, as parts of it are supplied from Shanghai Electric Corporation in China.

The Indian Army and the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have been locked in a tense standoff since early May in several areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

Mukhopadhyay said, "We are concerned about the maintenance of the parts, which is important for the running of the plant. Clarity has been demanded whether we can import from China."

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Company officials said that indigenization of critical parts would take at least two years.

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