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GMR Vasavi Diesel Power Plant


GMR Vasavi Diesel Power Plant

GMR Vasavi Diesel Power Plant
GMR Vasavi plant as seen from Washermanpet
Country India
Location 1, Pulianthope High Road, Basin Bridge, Chennai 600 012, Tamil Nadu
Status Operational
Commission date February 1999 (Phase I)
Owner(s) GMR Power Corporation Limited
Operator(s) TNEB
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Diesel
Power generation
Units operational 4 x 50 MW
Nameplate capacity 200 MW
Planned: 320 MW

GMR Vasavi Diesel Power Plant, owned by GMR Power Corporation Limited, is a private-owned power plant located in Basin Bridge, Chennai. It is a 200-MW LSHS (low sulphur heavy stock) fuel (processed from the residue of indigenous crude) power plant of the GMR Group.[1] The plant is based on two-stroke diesel engine technology from MAN B&W, Germany.


  • History 1
  • Conservation 2
  • Expansion 3
  • Awards 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The 200 MW power plant was commissioned in 1998. The entire power generated at this plant is supplied to the Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board.[2]


To prevent harmful pollutants from escaping into the atmosphere, the plant incorporates reverse osmosis for the final stage of purification. It also has a water conservation plant that processes about 5 percent of Chennai's sewage to produce water that is required to operate the plant, which is said to be the first of its kind in the country. The plant treats 7,200 cubic metres of raw sewage per day from Chennai MetroWater Supply and Sewage Board to produce 5,400 cubic metres of clean water for its own use.[2]


Phase-I of the project consisting of 4 X 50 MW liquid fuel-based (diesel) power plant is in operation since February 1999.[3] In 2010, the plant planned conversion of Phase I project to a gas-based plant, in addition to initiate Phase II, which consists of additional 120 MV gas-based combined cycle power plant. The expansion plans requires additional land requirement of 2.5 acres, which is within the existing premises.[4]

Natural gas requirement for expansion is estimated at 0.60 MMSCMD, to be obtained from Krishna-Godavari basin. Natural gas required for conversion of existing diesel-based plant is estimated at 1.1 MMSCMD. About 3.48 MLD of water required for the expansion will be obtained from treated sewage water within the plant premises. An estimated 4.8 MLD of water will be required for conversion.[4]

There is also possibility of switching over the fuel of existing units from heavy oil to pyrolysis oil obtained from bio mass or urban garbage gasification.

These power generation units can be put to use for grid reserve service.[5][6]


The plant has received ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications from Det Norske Veritas. It has also received the Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Award for Environmental Protection for conserving the environment.[2]

See also


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  5. ^ Commercial Opportunities for Back-Up Generation and Load Reduction via National Grid, the National Electricity Transmission System Operator (NETSO) for England, Scotland, Wales and Offshore.
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External links

  • Webpage of GMR Power Corporation
  • Page in Global Energy Observatory

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