Hong Kong-based power generator CLP Group and the government of Haryana have announced the commencement of construction of the 2x660MW power plant in Jhajjar in the Indian state of Haryana.

With an investment commitment of approximately $1.2 billion by CLP Power India, a wholly owned subsidiary of the CLP Group, the 1,320MW power plant will be spread over an area of around 1,200 acres, employing nearly 250 staff directly.

According to the company, the station has committed 90% of its electricity output to the Haryana. The first unit of the plant is scheduled to be operational in December 2011, while the second unit is expected to come on line in May 2012.

The power plant will deploy the supercritical technology that uses less coal to generate electricity, coupled with Flue Gas De-sulphurisation equipment that would reduce emissions of sulphur dioxides, claims the company. Coal linkages of 5.2 Million Tonnes per annum will be derived from Central Coalfields from their North Karanpura Coal Fields, Jharkhand.

Andrew Brandler, CEO of the CLP Group, said: “This project underpins the CLP Group’s contribution for quality of life in India. We appreciate Haryana government’s initiative by offering us a gateway to this state and providing the project with the necessary infrastructure to commence operations here.”

CLP Group is an investor-owned power business company in Asia. It has become a conglomerate of companies with a portfolio of generation, transmission and distribution assets and retail businesses in different countries in Asia Pacific Region. CLP India owns and operates a 655MW Gas fired IPP in Gujarat. It is also one of the wind power developers in the country with approximately 350MW of committed wind projects at different stages of implementation, claims the company.