Bokaro: The Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) would set up floating solar power plants on two water bodies to generate power for its steel plant and township. The PSU has identified Garga Dam situated in Balidih and Cooling Pond-1 located inside the plant area for the installations.
BSL officials said BSL joined hands with the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Authority (JREDA) and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for the project.
The director in-charge of BSL, Amarendu Prakash, said, “We are working towards installing solar power plant on water bodies instead of the land. We have identified the spots.”
BSL sources said JREDA has conducted a detailed survey of Cooling Pond-1 and assessed the Garga Dam. It will prepare the feasibility report and the technical specification for the project, based on which the BSL will float the tender. Cooling Pond-1 has an area of 3.2 sq km, while the Garga Dam is spread over about 4 sq km. An official said, “Initial survey of Garga Dam suggests that a solar power plant of about 50 MW generation capacity can be installed. We are waiting for the JREDA to submit its findings to BSL.”
BSL gets power from the Bokaro Power Supply Company Private Limited (BPSCL) and the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The 332 MW BPSCL power plant supplies its entire power to the BSL plant.
Prakash said the PSU is strategising its expansion to double production capacity in the next eight years. The plan is being prepared and discussed in its parent company, the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), for due clearances. “Like SAIL, which is in process of enhancing its production capacity from the present 20 MTPA to 35 MTPA by 2030, the BSL is also aiming to increase its production from five MTPA to 10 MTPA in eight years. In the second phase, BSL will add another 15 MTPA,” he added.
The BSL’s expansion project is expected to bring an investment of about Rs 25,000cr to the state besides the generation of direct and indirect employment of about 10,000 persons.

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