JSW Energy’s Barmer plant has the capacity to produce 1,080MW of power. It is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary called Raj WestPower Limited (RWPL). RWPL has a power purchase agreement with the Government of Rajasthan to sell its entire output.
The Barmer plant comprises eight 135MW units to produce 1,080MW of power. All the eight units have been commissioned in FY 2013.
The Barmer plant uses lignite as a fuel source. Lignite is a low grade coal that RWPL, currently, sources from the captive mine at Kapurdi in Barmer. Barmer Lignite Mining Company Limited, a joint venture between RWPL and Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd. has two captive mines – Kapurdi and Jalipa.
- Located in the Thar Desert, the plant runs smoothly inspite of local weather challenges — extreme heat and cold temperatures, sandstorms and lack of vegetation and water.
- Its close proximity to the fuel source — the Jalipa and Kapurdi lignite mines — gives the pithead power station an advantage.
- In a first for a power plant in India, a dedicated, 185-km pipeline has been constructed to source water from the Indira Gandhi Canal.
- Fly ash generated from the power units is sold to cement plants and mines.
The Barmer plant is based on the CFBC technology, which allows the use of low-grade fuel such as lignite. CFBC technology enables the plant to use the low-calorific coal, which also has high sulphur and moisture levels.