Salaya power plant

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The Salaya power plant is a 1200 MW power station operated by Essar Power Gujarat, a subsidiary of Essar Energy for Gujarat, India. An additional 1920 MW of capacity is under construction at the same location.

Location

The aerial photo below shows the project under construction at the Essar refinery in Vadinar village, Khambalia taluk, Jamnagar district, Gujarat state, India.

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Background

Unit 1 (600 MW) entered commercial operation in April 2012. Unit 2 (600 MW) entered commercial operation on June 15, 2013.[1] In 2012 the company listed two additional stages as "under construction": coal-fired Salaya II (1320 MW) and the petroleum coke-fired Salaya III plant (600 MW). As of early 2014 these additional units were no longer mentioned on the website. The plant is located near the company's oil refinery complex at Vadinar, Jamnagar district, Gujarat, India.[2]

Fuel supply

The company states that coal for stages I will be based on imported coal from the company's "captive coal mine in Indonesia." Stage II will be based on imported coal that has yet to be secured. Stage III will use pet coke from the Vadinar refinery after the completion of the Phase I Refinery Project and coal from an unspecified source.[2]

The company intends that coal for the power station be imported through the proposed Salaya port, which it stated in its April 2010 Prospectus was being "developed by Essar Bulk Terminal, an Essar Affiliated Company."[3]

The company states that it has entered into a 25-year contract from 15 September 2010 with Essar Shipping and Logistics for the carriage of "3.6 to 4.4 mmt of coal per year in bulk from Richards Bay in South Africa, or Tanjung Bara in Indonesia, to the Salaya port in India."[4]

Power Purchase agreement

In its 2010 Prospectus Essar Energy states that on 26 February 2007, it "entered into a 25-year PPA with GUVNL for the sale of 1,000 MW per year of power, with power supply from the first and second units commencing in February 2011 and August 2011, respectively."[4]

Financing

In its April 2010 Prospectus Essar Energy stated that "in September 2008 Essar Power Gujarat entered into a rupee denominated loan facility agreement with the State Bank of India and certain other lenders for Rs. 25.525 billion (US$546.80 million). In addition, in May 2009 Essar Power Gujarat entered into a rupee denominated loan facility agreement with ICICI Bank Limited for Rs. 10.250 billion (US$219.58 million) and with Essar Power for Rs. 375 million (US$8 million)."[3]

Project Details

Sponsor: Essar Energy
Location: Vadinar village, Khambalia taluk, Jamnagar district, Gujarat
Coordinates: 22.3049, 69.7101 (exact)
Status: Stage I: Operational; Stages II and III: Previously listed as under construction, but no longer mentioned on company website[2]
[2] Nameplate capacity: Stage 1: 1200 MW; Stage 2: 1,320 MW; Stage 3: 600 MW[2]
Type: Stage I: Subcritical; Stage II: Supercritical; Stage III: Circulating fluidized bed[2]
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Stage I - coal from the company's captive mine in Indonesia; Stage II - imported coal that has yet to be secured; Stage III will use pet coke from the Vadinar refinery after the completion of the Phase I Refinery Project and coal from an unspecified source.[2]
Estimated annual CO2: 14,192,882 tons from the coal-fired plant only
Source of financing: State Bank of India, ICIC Bank and others

Resources and articles

References

  1. "Salaya thermal power unit-2 achieves rare operational milestone," Essar Energy website, September 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Essar Energy, "Power,", Essar Energy website, accessed January 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Essar Energy, "Prospectus", April 2010, page 98. (Large pdf)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Essar Energy, "Prospectus", April 2010, page 99. (Large pdf)

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