International Journal of Power System Operation and Energy Management


In Developing countries like India, there is a huge demand for Power and the country itself faces challenges in meeting the demand in an effective manner. In India, Planning commission has come up with a solution by bringing in Ultra Mega Power projects (UMPP) in recent years. Large number of power projects (XI and XII five year plans) is under construction to overcome the power shortages and meet the growing energy requirements in the country. So Government of India has planned for Mega / Ultra Mega Power Generation projects with revised tariff regulations for existing central government projects, competitive bidding for all future power generation projects, tariff norms for renewable energy / introduction of Renewable Energy Certificates, new transmission pricing grid code, power market regulations, Re – structured Accelerated Power Development Reform Programme (APDRP2), National Electricity Fund, etc. Ministry of Power and Central Electricity Authority (CEA) have projected a total investment requirement of Rs. 11,35,142 Crore for the power sector during the 12th Plan period, which also includes investment for generation of additional capacity of about 1,00,000 MW to the existing capacity of about 1,64,508 MW for the country. The above stated reforms are good sign of development but India’s performance in power sector (Planning to Operation) is not remarkable. Always delays are encountered in all phases. The Second main constraint in UMPP is managing the criticality of material and inventory for the project. But, this criticality has been overcome effectively in Mundra project which is an UMPP. The Phase- 1,2,3 of Mundra Power plant has been successfully completed and will start its effective operation soon (Capacity of 800 MW each).The success includes timely completion with available resource in a significant manner. The success delivery is by application of Theory of Constraints and Critical chain management in critical phases. So, the effectiveness of the above said concepts has to be realised and adopted in other ongoing and proposed UMPP for better service to the country on time.





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