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Centre clears mega-power project in Banka: Bihar’s power woes to end soon

  Bihar: out of vicious circle of backwardness? Patna: According to recent reports, the central government has cleared the proposal for a 4,000MW ultra mega-power project (UMPP) in Banka, which is likely to leave Bihar’s power woes behind in the next few years. With the project expected to be commissioned by 2019-20, Bihar would get 2,000MW from the plant as the Centre has marked 50 per cent of power from the plant for itself. “We received a letter today (Wednesday) from the ministry of power giving its nod to set up a ultra mega-power project at Banka. We are happy that the Centre has... 

Many Bihar districts get more than 22 hours of power supply: incredible!

  Hope for power Patna: according to latest reports, over a dozen district headquarters have been getting more than 22 hours of power supply daily, claims North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL). Quoting January 10, the NBPDCL claimed that Hajipur, Sheohar, Chhapra, Madhubani, Khagaria, Madhepura, Katihar, Kishanganj and Purnia, among the 21 district HQ towns, received more than 22 hours of power supply. “Power supply is also likely to improve in subdivisional headquarters soon,” said MD of NBPDCL Sanjay K Agrawal. “We are preparing a data base on real... 

BHEL attains full load at Barh: Bihar to add 330 MW power

  Patna: it seems interesting that the major strides in the power sector are being made amidst a political scenario in Bihar just after the BJP and the JD[U] parted ways from an alliance. The projections for the power sector for Bihar indicate that within three months, Bihar will be getting an additional 440MW, including 110MW from Kanti thermal power project at Muzaffarpur. By next year-end, Bihar will be getting nearly 3,000MW of power from all sources, including 110×2 MW from Kanti and 330×2 MW from Barh. At present, Bihar is getting over 2,300MW from all sources. State-owned... 

Reliance Infra to automate BSEB’s customer service in 71 Bihar towns

  Modernizing customer service! Kolkata:  Bihar will engage Anil Ambani’s firm to digitise customer service in 71 towns for the notoriously loss-making Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB). BSEB is embarking upon a Rs 185-crore IT implementation project that will allow the ailing utility to reduce losses, improve billing and plan load distribution for some 12 lakh consumers. Most of these tasks are now carried out manually. Reliance Infrastructure has bagged the project and will complete it within one-and-a-half years. The project will include automatic meter reading implementation... 

Booming opportunities in power sector in Bihar

    Bihar: power boom now? Patna: With an estimated Rs 28,000 crore being proposed to be invested in power sector in Bihar, a senior official today urged investors to lap up huge business opportunities in transmission and distribution segments in particular. “There are booming opportunities in power sector in Bihar especially in transmission and distribution segments with an estimated Rs 28,000 crore likely to be spent over the next few years under various plan heads,” the Energy Secretary Sandeep Poundrik told reporters here. “The huge investment in power sector... 

Finally, Bihar gets separate coal block for 3 power plants!

    Bihar:From coal to power Patna: The central government has allocated a separate coal block for three upcoming thermal power projects in electricity starved Bihar, a state minister said here Friday. “It is a big relief for Bihar. The coal block has been allocated for three thermal power projects in the state after a long wait,” Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav told the press. The minister added that the centre has allocated a coal block in West Bengal for the upcoming projects at Pirpainti in Bhagalpur district, Kajra in Lakhisarai and Chausa in Buxar. Earlier... 

BHEL bags Rs 2,854 cr contract from Nabinagar Power Generation Company, Bihar

February, 2012: when the foundation was laid! Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel) has bagged a contract worth Rs 2,854 crore for supply of the Steam Generator Package for three coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with supercritical parameters. The order has been placed on Bhel by Nabinagar Power Generation  Company (NPGCL), a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board, for the upcoming 1,980 MW Nabinagar Supercritical Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Bihar. Significantly, this is the second supercritical thermal power project being executed by Bhel in Bihar, the first being the 2×660... 

More power for Bihar in 2013: an update!

  Power situation: looking up? Patna:  Bihar’s power supply situation is set for major improvement beginning the coming fiscal. The State is currently offered a mere 900 MW by the central sector to meet an estimated daily domestic demand of 2,000 MW. The result: Large parts of the State — outside the capital Patna (which needs 400 MW) — run on diesel generators. But, according to a senior State official, Bihar is expecting average grid supplies to improve by approximately 600-700 MW in 2013. The bulk of the additional supply will come from the upcoming 2 X 660 MW Barh-II thermal power... 

Finally, a 4000-MW power project for Bihar: a centre-Bihar give and take!

Finally, a 4000-MW power project for Bihar: a centre-Bihar give and take!   Give & Take: power! Patna/New Delhi: according to a number of recent reports, Bihar will now manage to get out of its dark tunnel. Soon after granting two central universities to Bihar and a 20 per cent hike in Plan allocation, the Manmohan Singh-led Government has now doled out one more largesse to the JD (U) strongman. This is being seen as a positive fallout of Nitish’s support of Pranab Mukherjee as the presidential candidate. The centre, in a friendly gesture of give and take has decided to supply coal on... 

Bihar’s power calendar: updates for power production till 2015

Bihar’s power calendar: updates for power production till 2015   Bihar power: dim glow of the present! Patna: according to a recent press report, impatient with inadequate supplies from the Central sector for long, Bihar is now taking quick steps to have adequate power-generation capacity. In recent times, around 23 companies including Tata Power, Videocon, Reliance Power, Essar have shown interest in setting up three supercritical power stations of 2 X 660 MW (1,320 MW) each in Bihar through tariff-based competitive bidding. A number of companies participated in a pre-bid conference held... 
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