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CESC, incorporated in 1978 as Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (India), is engaged in power generation and distribution in state of West Bengal.CESC is a fully integrated power utility with its operation spanning the entire value chain: right from mining coal, generating power, distribution of power.
In the year 1983 the company commissioned the Titagarh generating station, with a capacity of 240 MW, has partly solved the power shortage in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata).
On 1 January, 1987, the name of the company was changed to CESC. Being part of RPG Group, the company made Calcutta a free of load shedding and brought in new power connections, fault–free supply, quick response to local faults, complaint–free billing and swift redressal of customer grievances.
The RPG Group has business interest in tyres, cables, power transmission, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, retail and consumer marketing, hotel and tourism, entertainment and agri–business.
The company set up 135 MW Southern generation station and started supply from September 1990. The second unit started its supply in May 1991.
CESC decided to add 500MW to its existing capacities. For this project, the company took financial support from international lending agencies like the Asian Development Bank at Manila and the IFC at Washington.
Currently the company operates has four pulverized fuel (pf) fired stations namely Budge Budge, Southern and Titagarh. It has customer base of 2.4 million. The company has received ISO 14000 and ISO 9000 certifications for its quality management. CESC has a total generation capacity of 975 MW.
The company owns two subsidiaries namely CESC Properties running business under real estate and Spencer’s Retail (SRL), which is engaged in running retail stores.
For more than 100 years, CESC has been in the business of power. Being the first power company in the Indian subcontinent, CESC has been a driver of growth and development.
In 2010–11 CESC Ltd formed two subsidiaries, namely Bantal Singapore Pte Ltd and CESC Projects Pvt Ltd
The company’s Southern Generating Station received ITC Annual Award (Eastern Region) for its safety measures.
The company was also given certificate of merit from CII for its safety measures.
CESC's Southern Generating Station received 2nd Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for implementing Zero Discharge System.
CESC was awarded 'National Award for fly ash utilization' from Ministry of Power, MOEF and Department of Science & Technology in 2005.
Southern Generating Station also received Environment Excellence award from ICC and WBPCB in 2007.