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Naveen inaugurates power plant of Sterlite Energy

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The power plant will provide employment opportunities to the people of the State


Three remaining units of IPPS to be commissioned shortly

27 MoUs signed for various power plants till now


BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said that there was a huge need for creating additional generation capacity particularly in the thermal power sector to meet the surging energy demand in the country as a whole and the State in  particular.

Inaugurating the 1st unit of 600 MW independent power plant of Sterlite Energy Limited at Jharsuguda, Mr. Patnaik said his government had taken the initiative of setting up of thermal-based power plants for additional power generation.

Till now 27 memoranda of understanding had already been signed for various independent power plants having total estimated capacity addition of 32,000 MW of power, Mr. Patnaik said. 

Out of the above IPPs, the State will get around 5,600 MW which will help in bridging the demand for   power in the State, he added. 

These IPPs, Mr. Patnaik said, will bring in an investment of about  Rs. 1,60,000 crore along with additional indirect  investments through ancillary  and down stream industries.

Expressing satisfaction over the commissioning of the 600 MW capacity first unit of Sterlite Energy, Mr. Patnaik expressed confidence that the three remaining units of the IPP will also be commissioned shortly.

With the commissioning of all the four units of 2,400 MW plant, the State will occupy a prominent place on the power map of the country, Mr. Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister also expressed hope that the power plant will provide employment opportunities to the project-affected people and the people of the State as per the laid down policy of the State government.

“Setting up of industries raises the expectations of the people not only in the area around the projects but also across the State.

I hope that Vedanta will fulfil its commitment in creating an aluminium park and stimulate the growth of other downstream industries in this area,” he said.

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