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Tata Power is largest private power producer

Business Standard:  March, 2012

Mumbai: Tata Power on Monday synchronised the second unit of its Maithon power project in Jharkhand. With this 525 megawatt (Mw) unit, the company has a total power generation capacity of 5,297 Mw, making it the country’s largest private sector power generating firm.

The Maithon project's first unit was commissioned in September 2011. It is a 74:26 joint venture between Tata Power and Damodar Valley Corporation. “The synchronisation of Maithon unit-2 today is a significant milestone. This development reaffirmed Tata Power's contribution as the largest integrated power company in India,” said Anil Sardana, managing director, Tata Power in a statement.

Ten days earlier, the company commissioned the first unit of India’s first ultra mega power project in Mundra, Gujarat.

The 800-Mw unit was synchronised in mid-January and achieved full load in late February. With Mundra and Maithon, Tata Power has a gross thermal power generating capacity of 4,447 Mw, and a clean generation capacity of 850 Mw from renewable sources. The company’s stock went down by three per cent in Monday’s trade, to close at around Rs 102 per share.

The company added 1,300 Mw in gross capacity this quarter. Lanco Infratech comes second in terms of capacity with private power sector companies, and has an operational capacity of 4,388 Mw and Adani Power has 3,330 Mw of capacity. Reliance Power which has plans to add 24,000 Mw of capacity, plans to bring their capacity to 5,000 Mw, by December this year.