TÜV SÜD will support power plant owners in India in modernising their installations. India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has empanelled the international provider of testing and certification services as a renovation and modernisation (R&M) consultant for thermal power plants. The demand for power-plant modernisation is high, considering the increasing gap between power demand end supply and the Indian government´s commitment on climate change mitigation: by 2016, more than 50 conventional power plants (CPPs) must have been modernised.
A national modernisation programme provides for the fundamental overhaul and modernisation of all conventional power plants (CPPs) in India over the next years. "The modernisation programme is based on a Five-Year Plan of the Government of India", reports Bratin Roy, Business Unit Manager Power & Systems Industry at TÜV SÜD South Asia. Under this programme, a large existing capacity i.e. 129 units of total capacity of 26283 MW and 95 units of total capacity of 21212 MW has been identified for Renovation and Modernisation (R&M) / Life Extension (LE) works during the 11th plan and 12th plan periods. The power plant owners must document the planning and realisation of the necessary measures in Detailed Project Reports (DPR) by engaging one of the empanelled consultant companies. Bratin Roy says, "By allowing engagement of an impartial third party consultant, the Indian government aims to ensure that the modernisation measures fulfil all legal requirements, be at par with an internationally comparative efficiency level and reach the ambitious goals of the national programme."
"Empanelling of TÜV SÜD as a consultant in this programme marks a milestone in our global power-plant strategy", explains Jörg Oldorf, Business Unit Manager Power & Systems of TÜV SÜD's Industry Service division. Critical aspects for empanelling were the technical expertise and international experience of the testing and certification company in the field of conventional power stations. "Improvement of the capacity and efficiency of existing power plants is at the top of India's agenda together with the construction of new power stations", says Oldorf. Through this programme, India's government sends out clear signals that it prioritises investments in resource-friendly solutions to meet rising energy demand. "Mixed TÜV SÜD teams", comprising multidisciplinary experts from different countries and combining excellent understanding of the systems with international experience, will assist local power plant owners and energy suppliers in fulfilling their responsibilities.