Shortage of cement delays power projects in eastern India

Shortage of cement delays power projects in eastern India
Published: 14 May 2009

India is unlikely to meet power generation targets from its eastern region by 2012 due to a shortage of cement, officials said.

“For power projects in the eastern region there is a requirement for cement in civil work... I don’t know why there is a shortage. Work has already slowed down for these projects having a capacity of 250MW and 500MW,” said a top official at the Central Electricity Authority, or CEA, India’s apex power sector planning body. The official, who didn’t want to be identified, said the shortage may delay power generation capacity of around 3,000MW from the region.

Of 78,577MW of power generation capacity targeted by 2012, the eastern region is expected to
contribute 17,000MW. Of this, around 3,100 MW is planned from hydropower projects.