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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #1
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Andhra Pradesh Power Sector Updates

Andhra Pradesh Power Sector Updates
Hi all, this thread tracks the power sector developments in Andhra Pradesh. A look at Andhra`s Power sector


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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #2
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APGenco gets Rs 9,506 cr loan from PFC, REC
http://www.business-standard.com/ind...fc-rec/404841/
The Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGenco) will get Rs 9,506 crore financial assistance for two of its projects from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corporation (RFC).
The PFC has sanctioned an advance loan amount of Rs 6,806 crore for setting up the 2x800 Mw coal-based Vadarevu Thermal Power Project (Phase-I) in Prakasam district. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 8,507.60 crore. A memorandum of understanding in this regard will be executed shortly.
Similarly, REC has sanctioned Rs 2,700 crore loan for development of the 700-Mw Karimnagar Gas-based Power Plant (Phase-I). While the PFC has reduced the rate of interest from 10.75 per cent to 10.50 per cent on its loan, the interest rate on REC’s loan is 25 basis points less than other bonds.
According to an official press release here on Tuesday, this is the first time that a state-owned power generation company has been sanctioned such a huge loan and that too at a very reasonable interest.
This apart, cordial relations and effective bargaining are stated to have resulted in a saving of around Rs 70 crore on Rs 3,558 crore sanctioned as loans by various banks at a reduced interest rate of 10 per cent. Prudent financial management ensured APGenco to earn an additional Rs 15 crore by way of short-term deposits with banks, apart from the interest savings on cash credit.
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The two projects, when completed, will boost the state power generation by 2,300 Mw. At present, the total installed generating capacity of APGenco stands at 8,087.90 Mw. Of this, 4,382.50 Mw is thermal and 3,703.40 Mw is hydel. Wind power comprises just 2 Mw.
Chief minister K Rosaiah urged the corporation officials to make use of this financial assistance and complete all projects on time. He assured all assistance from the state government in this regard.
The chief minister expressed satisfaction that APGenco has been earning profits for the last six years. The corporation earned a profit of Rs 52 crore, Rs 63 crore, Rs 151 crore, Rs 198 crore, Rs 246 crore and Rs 89 crore respectively in the last six years. Rosaiah wanted the power utility to further improve its performance.
APGenco officials informed Rosaiah that the corporation achieved 100 per cent financial closure for all the projects entrusted to it. The execution of the projects, estimated to cost Rs 16,700 crore, will result in a capacity addition of 3,437 Mw.
The officials also told the chief minister that the PFC had reduced its interest rate from 11.5 per cent to 11 per cent as a special case on Rs 5,660 crore loan sanctioned to RTPP Stage III, VTPS Stage IV, KTPP and KTPS Stage VI resulting in a saving of Rs 225 crore.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #3
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AP will get 254 MW from 1,000-MW Tuticorin thermal plant
http://www.blonnet.com/2010/08/16/st...1652001500.htm
Andhra Pradesh has been allocated 254 MW of power from the Neyveli Lignite Corporation's 1,000-MW thermal plant coming up at Tuticorin. This project is being set up by NLC and the Tamil Nadu Power Ltd joint venture. The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, in a statement, thanked the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Union Power Minister, Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde, for this gesture in allocating 254 MW for supply in Andhra Pradesh, especially at a time when the State is in need of additional power as demand outstrips supply. The tariff for supply will be determined by the Central Regulatory Commission. The Chief Minister asked AP Genco to harness the potential of a good monsoon and good reservoir levels and step up hydel power generation. He also directed AP Genco to expedite ongoing power projects in the State.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 08:19 PM   #4
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Nod for AP Power Bonds to raise Rs 2,000 cr
http://www.blonnet.com/2010/08/12/st...1252522100.htm

The Andhra Pradesh Government has accorded permission to AP Power Finance Corporation Ltd (APPFCL) to mobilise about Rs 2,000 crore by way of private placement of AP Power Bonds. This includes Rs 500 crore already permitted by the Government, wherein it was made clear that the Government would stand guarantee for repayment of the principal amount and interest after the due date.
In an order issued by the Principal Secretary Energy, Mr Sutirtha Bhattacharya today, it was made clear that the Government extends unconditional and irrevocable guarantee for servicing the power bonds with budgetary support.
Since the liability pertains to Andhra Pradesh Government, there is no permission to charge guarantee commission.
As per the order, the guarantee will be in force until all the bonds issued by APPFCL or its successor entities are redeemed as per the terms of the bonds.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 02:56 PM   #5
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Thermal Powertech ties up funds for AP plant
Thermal Powertech Corporation India Ltd, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the Hyderabad-based Gayatri Projects Ltd, has firmed up finances (debt and equity) for the 1,320-MW phase one of the 2,640-MW thermal power plant coming up near Krishnapatnam along the Andhra Pradesh coast.
Of the total project cost of Rs 6,869 crore, the debt component of Rs 5,151 crore has been sanctioned by a consortium of financial institutions and banks led by the Rural Electrification Corporation and including PFC, PNB among a clutch of other banks. The rest (Rs 1718 crore) is coming through equity, with Sembcorp Utilities pumping in Rs 1,100 crore, company sources indicated.
The company had earlier inducted a strategic partner Sembcorp Utilities, a Singapore Government-owned entity by diluting 49 per cent stake in the SPV for Rs 1,110 crore. Sembcorp will be an active implementation partner for the project, and sees this as a platform for expanding its presence in the power generation business in the country.
Work has commenced at the site. All mandatory clearances have been secured and the land for the project has been acquired. The coal linkage for the project is through Western Coal Fields.
A meeting of the company board is slated for August 28 to provide corporate guarantee to funds allocated through debt for the execution of this thermal power Station.
According to the company, though it is providing the corporate guarantee to its wholly owned subsidiary for the entire debt limits, the drawl of the debt during the year would be around Rs 800 crore.
http://www.blonnet.com/2010/08/27/st...2752100300.htm
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Reliance Power plant may go onstream eight months ahead of schedule

NEW DELHI: Reliance Power could commission its 4,000 mw Krishnapatnam ultra mega power project eight months ahead of schedule after receiving permission from the regulator to slightly change its project configuration. Instead of five units of 800 mw each, the project will now have six units of 660 mw each and could be fully commissioned in early 2015, a top company executive told ET. It is easier to locate suppliers of 660 mw turbines than to find suppliers of 800 mw turbines, say company officials.

“As indicated in the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (CERC) order, the completion schedule of the Krishnapatnam project has been advanced. The entire project will now be operational eight months before the earlier deadline of October 2015,” said Reliance Power CEO J P Chalasani.

Reliance Power was awarded the Krishnapatnam project in 2007 after it won a competitive bid quoting a levellised tariff of 2.33 per unit for the Andhra Pradesh based UMPP. The company that time had said that first unit of the project will be completed by September 2013 and the full project in FY16.

As per the new schedule given by the company to CERC, the first unit of the project will now be completed in 65 months from the date of transfer of the project or by June 2013 instead of September 2013 and the entire project will also be commissioned a full eight months in advance.

A recent research report by Macqurie Equity Research had pointed out that Reliance Power had spent half of the proceeds of its $2.5 billion IPO but had not made much progress in the execution of its major power projects.
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APTransco to invest Rs 5,460 cr to strengthen distribution network
Hyderabad, Sept. 12

APTransco, the power transmission company of Andhra Pradesh, will invest Rs 5,460 crore in the next three years to add five 400 kV, 34 220 kV and 107 132 kV sub-stations. “The Transco has finalised a micro-level action plan to improve quality of power supply. As part of this plan, the utility would strengthen the distribution network,” a Government press release said here on Sunday.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, reviewed the power situation in the State with Mr S.V. Prasad, Chief Secretary, Mr Suthirtha Bhattacharya (Principal Secretary, Energy) and Mr Ajay Jain (Managing Director of APTransco) here on Sunday. “Now that the generation improved significantly following heavy rains, we need to ensure reliable and quality power supply to all categories of consumers. We should also supply seven hours of quality power to farmers,” Mr Rosaiah said in the meeting.

In the first phase, it would take up 21 220 kV and 10 132 kV sub-stations with an investment of Rs 1,155 crore to support various lift irrigation schemes being executed by Irrigation Department.


The utility would set up separate feeders for domestic and agriculture power connections in one mandal each in 22 districts on an experimental basis at a cost of Rs 66 crore.

“This is to provide quality three-phase supply in order to attract more industries to rural areas. The utility would also provide power to 52,000 schools on a priority basis,” it said.

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AP Genco synchronises 500 MW from Kakatiya project

Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd (AP Genco) has announced the commissioning and synchronisation of phase I of 500 MW Kakatiya thermal power project, which has helped add about 12 million units a day to the State power supply grid.

Following a 72 hour test phase, AP Genco has today formally declared it as synchronised with the supply grid. It is generating about 508 mw.

The power project, located at Chelpur village in Warangal district of the State, has coal supply deal from the Kakatiya coal fields of the state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) located in the Bhoopalapally mine block. The mines are located close to the plant.

The water required for the project is being supplied through a pipeline traversing a distance of 62 km from intake point near Kaleswaram village.

According to a statement from AP Genco, the supply, erection and commissioning of boiler was handled by BHEL and the Balance of Plant work was taken up by BGR Energy Systems Ltd.

The addition of 500 MW of power to the State grid augured well augmenting to the State power capacity. The State had to face severe demand supply shortage with the demand from farm sector boosting the overall requirement significantly last year.

However, with monsoon resulting in copious inflows into reservoirs, the State is now in a comfortable position generating from all its hydel projects — Nagarjunasagar, Srisailam and Jurala, easing up pressure on power supply.
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Eco nod upheld for East Coast project

The National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) has passed a common order upholding the Environmental Clearance (EC) accorded to the 2,640 MW coal-based Bhavanapadu project, being implemented by East Coast Energy, in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

The order comes in the backdrop of an appeal petition filed against environmental clearance accorded by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF).

The NEAA order comes within a month of the order passed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which had summarily dismissed a writ petition challenging the project's environmental clearance.

East Coast Energy is taking up the 2,640-MW thermal plant in two phases of 1,320 MW each.

The company has achieved financial closure for the Rs 6,600-crore project.

It has placed orders for boilers and other equipment with Chinese company Dong Feng and the EPC and Balance of Plant work has been accorded to Navayuga Construction.

The Managing Director of East Coast Energy, Mr T.V. Krishna, told Business Line that “the appellate authority nod vindicates the company's stand from day one and reiterates our commitment to the ecosystem and also the Ministry's well-informed decision. We are going ahead with the project at full steam and expect to commission it by June 2013.”

The petitioners had challenged the project implementation at the current site on the grounds that it is part of Naupada swamp, is ecologically sensitive and would affect the Telineelapuram bird habitat.
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Rayalaseema power project to commission unit 5 on Oct 25

Hyderabad, Oct. 3

The Unit-5 of Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project (RTPP) Unit-5 is all set to be commissioned on October 25.

This would bring in an additional power generation capacity of 210 MW, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, was informed at a review meeting with the Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation (APGenco) here on Sunday.

The other major projects to be commissioned in the next two to three years are Kakatiya Thermal Power Plant - stage-II (600 MW), Priyadarshini Jurala Hydro Project (240 MW), Pulichintala Hydro Electric Scheme (120 MW) and Lower Jurala HEP (240 MW), the officials said.

Various other projects of APGenco including RTPP stage-IV (600 MW), Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant, NTTPS, Vijayawada (182 MW), Combined Cycle Gas Power Project near Karimnagar (2100 MW), Sattupally TPS (600 MW), New Thermal Power Project near Vadarevu (4000 MW) and Srikakulam TPS (2,400 MW) are currently under development and investigation stages.

The Chief Minister was also informed that APGenco's hydro power stations had achieved the highest monthly generation of 1,855.5 million units (MU) during September 2010, surpassing the previous high of 1,823.5 MUs achieved during August, 2007.

Its power stations achieved the highest monthly generation of 3,735.6 MUs during September 2010, surpassing the previous high of 3,594.1 MUs achieved during September, 2008.
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Banks to step up credit to MSME sector in AP
Hyderabad, Oct. 3

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Andhra Pradesh can look forward to improved credit facilities from banks soon.

All banks would be opening specialised MSME branches in all districts. In addition, they would also undertake a review of credit flow to MSME sector.

These decisions were taken by the banks at the 171 {+s} {+t} State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) conducted here by its Convenor, Andhra Bank, here recently.

For proper implementation of Chakravarthy Committee recommendations, which included a host of measures for improvement of credit flow to MSME sector, the SLBC had also asked the put in place a loan policy governing the extension of credit facilities.

They should also work on a restructuring/rehabilitation policy for revival of potentially viable sick units/enterprises.

“The sickness of the units under MSME sector is another major concern. The measures initiated by the Government are to be effectively utilised. It is observed that required attention is not being paid to identify viable units and measures for nurturing them,” said Mr R. Ramachandran, President of SLBC and Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Bank.

The filed-level functionaries should be sensitised to address the problem in the very early stages by analysing the reasons correctly, he said adding: “I request all banks to adopt required strategy for improving the rehabilitation of sick units.”

The pace of implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes under MSME sector was slow in the State and the cluster development programme was not being given adequate thrust, he added.

As on June 30, the total outstanding credit to micro and small enterprises stood at Rs 10,309 crore and Rs 14,145 crore respectively. In the case of medium enterprises, the same was at Rs 8,198 crore.
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No doubt in the future AP is gonna rock with surplus power generation with no more power cuts in the rural.
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An article in Eenadu mentioning that Nellore will be having generating capacity in tune of 28000MW in near future.
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Andhra Pradesh Power Finance Said to Hire Banks for $225 Million Bond Sale
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-1...bond-sale.html

Andhra Pradesh Power Finance Corp., a state-owned lender to India’s power generators, hired banks to sell at least 10 billion rupees ($226 million) of 10- and 12- year bonds, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The 12-year notes will pay a coupon of 8.84 percent and are redeemable after 10 years, the person said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The 10-year notes will pay 8.49 percent and are redeemable after seven years.

The borrower, based in Hyderabad, hired nine banks to arrange the issue, which opens on Oct. 11 and closes on Oct. 30 the person said.
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Andhra CM stresses need to step up hydel power generation
http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfee...on/374596.html
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today stressed the need to generate maximum hydel power in the state in the wake of heavy rains. Rosaiah told officials at a meeting here today that demand for power is on the rise and hence, it is necessary to augment generation. "Thanks to abundant rains and good monsoon, all reservoirs are full. We have to make the best use of this," he said. While appreciating generating company APGENCO for record hydel power generation in September, Rosaiah directed the APGENCO officials to expedite overhaul of all thermal power stations to ensure satisfactory power supply during Rabi/summer season. This year APGENCO is likely to generate an additional 4000 MU compared to last year. If it were to be purchased from the open market, the burden on exchequer would have been in excess of Rs 1000 crore. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Principal Secretary to CM C V S K Sarma, Principal Secretary, Energy, Suthirtha Bhattacharya, CMD, APGENCO, K Vijayanand, Director, APGEMCO D Prabhakar Rao.
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Sunborne to raise $25 m to fund solar projects
http://www.financialexpress.com/news...ojects/693067/
Sunborne Energy, which was founded with seed capital from General Catalyst Partners, is planning to raise $ 25 million (approximately Rs 111.80 crore) to finance a slew of solar electric projects the clean energy firm is planning to set up in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan among ther states. The company has chalked out plans to set up solar power projects in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The overall cost of the projects is estimated to be about $230 million (Rs 1,028.56 crore). Of which $70 million is estimated as project equity and $160 million as long term debt.

According to information available with FE, Sunborne is planning to raise a total of $24.8 million to fund the project development activities for its first few projects. While $18.9 million would be raised as equity, the balance $5.9 million would be raised as compulsorily convertible debentures. Though the exact size of the projects is not yet known, it is learnt that Sunborne might look at developing and financing 1 x 15 MW Photovoltaic (PV) project and 1 x 50 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the next 12 months.

The firm has decided on the locations keeping in mind the solar resource.
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Nellore sits on ecological time bomb
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/St...time-bomb.html
As many as 21 coal-based thermal power projects with a combined capacity of 21,284MW are coming up close to the Krishnapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, in what is considered to be the biggest ever ecological disaster in the making.The plants are coming up within a 5km radius of the port, threatening to turn the area into the most polluted zone in the country. Going by environmentalists and energy sector experts, once the projects are completed it is going to be the country's worstever environmental disaster. "It is nothing but environmental vandalism of the worst kind, many more times dangerous than the Vedanta project of Orissa and far exceeding the Bhopal gas tragedy," says former Union power secretary and energy sector expert EAS Sarma.

In a letter to Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday, Sarma expressed concern over the clearances being given to these projects one after the other without looking at the combined impact of all the projects taken together. "The residents of Nellore, especially those who reside in this area, are apprehensive about the impact of these projects on their land, water, health and their livelihood," he said. Sources in the state energy department said the environmental impact assessment for seven power projects with a combined capacity of 10,300MW has already been done and work initiated on the projects. Proposals for another 14 projects are awaiting clearance of the environmental appraisal committee of the environmental ministry.

The projects that have got clearance are: Krishnapatnam thermal power project (1,600MW) of the state- owned AP Power Generation Corporation, Nelcast Energy (,320MW), Kineta Power (1,980MW), Krishnapatnam Power Corporation Ltd (1,980MW), Meenakshi Energy Private Ltd (900MW), Thermal Powertech Corporation (1,980MW) and Simhapuri Energy Private Ltd ( 540MW).

The other projects in the pipeline are: Coastal Andhra Power Corporation (a unit of Reliance Energy) (4,000 MW), Vikas Power (540MW), Meenakshi Energy Phase-II (300MW), Navayuga Krishnapatnam Power Corporation ( 1,320MW), Lanco Power ( 1,000MW), Leather Park Power ( 500MW), Mahaveer Power Phase I ( 454MW), Mahaveer Power Phase-II (500MW), Dr Ramakrishna Rao power project ( 100MW), Sivaswamy Construction Private Ltd ( 1,200MW), Pradesa Power Private Ltd ( 2,640MW), Ramakrishna Prasad Power Ltd ( 420MW), Sowmya Energy Private Ltd ( 100MW) and VSR Powertech ( 530MW).

Sarma said only two other areas in the country - Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh and Siddhi in Madhya Pradesh - have such a large number of power projects closely located. "But in terms of capacity and proximity, the Krishnapatnam power project complex would be the biggest in the country," he said.

The total land required for these projects is about 17,540 acres. "Almost all the power projects have got the land allotment. Some of them bought land directly from the local farmers; others were made land allotments by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) in the last couple of years. The government is also making arrangements for supply of required quantity of water for these projects.

Project work is in full swing," sources in the department said. Environmentalists and local politicians have already started raising a hue and cry over the establishment of so many coalbased power projects within a short range. "Except that of AP Genco, all the other projects are merchant power plants. Under the Energy Act 2003, these merchant power plants can sell their power anywhere in the country and not necessarily to the state-owned power utilities.

As such, these plants are of no use for the state," energy sector expert M. Venugopal Rao said.

Sarma explained how these projects are going to be environmentally disastrous. "This kind of coal- based electricity generation will involve the burning of 3,17,800 tonnes of coal and dumping of 1,33,450 tonnes of toxic fly ash daily. About 2,100 tonnes of sulphur would enter the environment everyday," he pointed out.
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AP Transco to give 1.5 lakh new power connections to agri pump sets
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...1150501300.htm

AP Transco, the power distribution utility of Andhra Pradesh, will give 1.5 lakh new power connections to agricultural pump sets in 2010-11. These connections would supply power free to farmers.

With the State receiving good rains this monsoon, Mr K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister, has asked the officials of AP Transco to strengthen connectivity in rural areas keeping in mind the upcoming rabi season, when farmers would need power to draw water. The State has targeted to cover one crore acres in the rabi season.

He asked the officials to provide the new connections by March 2011, from when the demand for power increases significantly.

The officials informed him that the utility had prepared an action plan to ensure reliable power supply, because generation has improved significantly as reservoirs received good inflows in the last few weeks, a Government release said here on Sunday.A file photo of farmers transplanting paddy seedlings during the rabi season in Jonathali village of Martur mandal, in AP's Prakasam district.

The Chief Minister held a review meeting on Sunday with Mr S. V. Prasad, Chief Secretary, Mr Suthirtha Bhattacharya (Principal Secretary, Energy), and Mr Ajay Jain, Chairman and Managing Director of AP Transco, on the power situation in the State.

The Transco officials said that the State could reduce transmission losses to 18.51 per cent in 2009-10, one of the lowest in the country. “We have reduced the transmission losses by almost 50 per cent from 35 per cent in 2000-01. We could achieve this after implementation of technologies, monitoring systems, and continuous regulation of operations of distribution companies,” they said.

The Transco had also taken up an initiative to set up 21 220-kV and ten 132-kV substations at a total cost of Rs 1,155 crore for various lift irrigation schemes being executed by the Irrigation Department.
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Nellore sits on ecological time bomb

Not only ecological time bomb, its even a strategic blunder. In times of war, a small nuke can take out whole generating capacity.
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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/6734954.cms
Lanco Infra gets sanction for 732 MW power project

NEW DELHI: Lanco Infratech on Tuesday said its subsidiary Lonco Kondapalli Power Private Ltd has received sanction for a total debt of Rs.2,610 crore for the 732 MW power project in Andhra Pradesh.

"The project, estimated to cost Rs.2,610 crore, would be financed with a debt of Rs.1,827 crore and internal accruals of Rs.783 crore," the company said in a regulatory filing.

Axis Bank will lead the consortium of banks and financial institutions who have agreed to provide the debt required for the project.

At the Bombay Stock Exchange , the shares of the company declined 1.93 percent at Rs.68.65 around noon.
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