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French company prepares report for Turga project in India

The French utility company edf is preparing the feasibility report for the Turga project at its own cost. The Turga scheme, which is expected to generate 900MW of power, forms the second stage of the Purulia pumped storage project in West Bengal, India.

To be commissioned in 2003, Purulia project involves setting up four units of 225MW capacity. The West Bengal State Electricity Board intends to award the US$800M construction contract for Purulia I soon. The project was approved by the Central Electricity Authority in July 1992, and was cleared by the Planning Commission in February 1994 — just a few months after it obtained environmental clearance. An agreement with the Japanese soft loan agency to finance the foreign component of the project was signed in February 1995.

Tender packages for the construction work have been split into six lots which include civil works, transmission lines, substations, hydro and electro-mechanical equipment and 400kV cross-linked polyethylene power cables.