The Adani Group announced on July 15 the commissioning of India’s first transnational power project at Godda in Jharkhand. This project aims to supply electricity to the Bangladesh electricity grid. Chairman Gautam Adani met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka to mark the full load commencement of power supply to Bangladesh from the Group’s Ultra Super-Critical Thermal Power Plant (USCTPP) in Godda.
Honoured to have met Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on full load commencement and handover of the 1600 MW Ultra Super Critical Godda Power Plant. I salute the dedicated teams from India and Bangladesh who braved Covid to commission the plant in record time of three-and-a-half years. pic.twitter.com/liwZTKlBDG— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani) July 15, 2023
The Godda USCTPP represents the Adani Group’s entry into transnational power projects. Adani Power Jharkhand Ltd (APJL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Power Ltd, will supply 100 percent of the generated electricity from the plant to Bangladesh.
The company successfully completed the dependable capacity test for the Godda plant on July 12. This test is a mandatory requirement under the power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh Power Development Board, signed in November 2017 for a period of 25 years.
The Godda plant has two units with a capacity of 800 MW each. The first unit began commercial operations on April 6, followed by the second unit on June 26. APJL will supply 1,496 MW from the Godda USCTPP to Bangladesh through a 400 kV dedicated transmission system connected to the Bangladesh grid, as stated by the Adani Group.
The Godda project was commissioned in a record time of 42 months. This includes the establishment of a 105 km-long 400 kV Double Circuit Transmission Line, the construction of a private railway line, and the implementation of an extensive water pipeline from the Ganges.
Gautam Adani expressed his honor in a tweet, saying, “Honoured to have met Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on full load commencement and handover of the 1600 MW Ultra SuperCritical Godda Power Plant. I salute the dedicated teams from India and Bangladesh who braved COVID to commission the plant in a record time of three-and-a-half years.”
The electricity supplied from the Godda power plant will benefit Bangladesh by replacing costly power generated using liquid fuel. This transition will help reduce the average cost of power purchased by Bangladesh, as stated in the Adani Group’s statement.
The Godda power plant is the first in India to operate with 100 percent flue gas desulphurisation (FGD), selective catalytic reconverter (SCR), and zero water discharge. These measures aim to minimize emissions and ensure environmentally friendly operations in alignment with the norms set by the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change of the Government of India, according to the Adani Group.