Essar Power orders Toshiba turbines and generators

Tokyo, Japan: Toshiba Corporation, one of the world's leading suppliers of thermal power generation equipment, has clinched a major contract for the supply of two 660MW supercritical steam turbines and generators to India. The equipment, which achieves higher generating efficiency and delivers cleaner energy, will be supplied to Essar Power Gujarat Ltd, a subsidiary of Essar Power Ltd., one of India's biggest independent power producers.

Though not confirmed, the value of the deal is estimated at 10 billion yen (approx. $120 million).

The turbines and generators will be installed in the Salaya II Expansion Project, a major coal-fired thermal power plant project in Gujarat state.

Equipment supply from Japan will commence in middle 2012, and the first unit is expected to start commercial operation in 2013.

To date, Toshiba has won supercritical steam turbine and generator orders for 65 units in Japan and 16 units overseas.

In India, the company initially entered the thermal power market by supplying two 500MW subcritical steam turbines and generators for the Utter Pradesh Electricity Board's Anpara B thermal power plant, which was commissioned in 1994.