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India for more private sector participation in power T&D sector

According to reports, the government on Wednesday called for more participation by private players in the power transmission and distribution (T&D) sector. “We want more and more private participation in the sector to sustain the growth momentum. We are aware of the challenges faced by the industry, including a shortage of coal and gas. We are considering them sympathetically and carefully,” Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

He was addressing the ‘Elecrama 2012’ summit hosted here by IEEMA, the apex body of electrical equipment manufacturers.  On the government’s decision to impose duty on power equipment imported from China, he said, “We have to protect the interest of local manufacturers.” The  Ministry of Heavy Industries has proposed to impose nearly 17 per cent import duty on Chinese power equipment.

Under an initiative of the  Power Ministry, several joint ventures have been formed to manufacture supercritical boilers and turbine generators for thermal plants. These JVs have been formed between L&T and Japan’s Mitsubishi, Alstom and Bharat Forge, Toshiba and JSW, Ansaldo and GB Engineering and Thermax and Babcock and Wilcox. In addition, state-run BHEL has entered into a collaboration with Alstom and  Siemens to make supercritical boilers and turbine generators. “We are encouraging domestic manufacturing of power equipment. We want  India to export turbines in future,” Shinde said.

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