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The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has granted an extension to Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC) for the injection of infirm power into the grid from its 500 MW NLC-thermal power station (TPS) II Expansion circulating fluidised bed combustion (CFBC) boiler-based power plant at Neyveli in Tamil Nadu.
The commission granted the extension to NLC for the injection of infirm power for the commissioning tests including full load test of the unit up to June 30, 2015, or the actual date of commencement of commercial operations, whichever is earlier. The unit of the generating station was first synchronised with the grid on May 18, 2011, with oil firing and on June 27, 2011, with lignite firing. However, owing to certain technical problems, the commercial operations date (COD) of the generating station was delayed, resulting in the prolonged injection of infirm power into the grid. In January 2015, the commission had allowed for the injection of infirm power until March 30, 2015.
While granting the extension in the present order, the commission stated that the extension of time does not automatically entitle the NLC for incidental expenses during construction (IEDC) or interest during construction (IDC) owing to the delay in the declaration of COD. The commission stated that the IEDC will be considered on merit basis at the time of tariff determination.
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