The present installed nuclear power capacity in India in commercial operation is 5780 MW. With the synchronization of Kudankulam Unit-2 (KKNPP-2, 1000 MW) to the grid in August 2016, an additional capacity of 1000 MW has been added. The unit is presently generating infirm power (non-commercial), and expected to commence commercial operation by the end of this year, which will enhance the present installed nuclear power capacity of 5780 MW to 6780 MW.
Reliance Industries has entered into cooking gas retailing market by launching a 4-kg LPG cylinder on pilot basis. Four-kg LPG cylinder has been launched in 4 districts on pilot basis. LPG consumption is growing by over 10 percent.
The India Infrastructure Fund of IDFC Alternatives is buying three solar projects in Punjab and Rajasthan from Punj Lloyd Infrastructure as part of the parent's plans to establish a presence in the renewable energy space through acquisitions.
Inox Wind has bagged repeat orders from Malpani Group for 40 MW wind power projects in Gujarat. The company has bagged repeat orders from DJ Malpani for two wind power projects of 20 MW each in the state of Gujarat.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the mechanism for revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to carry out the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme.
BHEL has commissioned 660 MW coal-based supercritical thermal power unit in Uttar Pradesh. The unit has been commissioned at the 3 x 660 MW Prayagraj super thermal power project, located in Bara tehsil in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
Union Ministry of Coal has amended New Coal Distribution Policy (NCDP), 2007 to increase the annual cap of coal from 4200 tonnes per annum for sale through State Nominated Agencies (SNA) to 10,000 tonnes per annum. In addition to raising the annual cap of coal, the Ministry has also amended the phrase, ‘small and medium sector’, as mentioned in the NCDP to ‘small, medium and others’.
The Union Cabinet has approved to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 2nd October 2016, the day of Gandhi Jayanti. Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations last year on 12th December 2015 and India signed the Paris Agreement in New York early this year on 22nd April 2016.
There has been excessive rainfall in the Northern Coal Field (NCL) area during last few days. This unforeseen natural calamity has damaged roads, railway tracks and there is water logging in the open cast NCL mines. This has affected coal supply to Anpara, Singrauli, Rihand and Vindhyachal Thermal Power Stations.