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NTPC, Conventional power generation to non-conventional generation


NTPC, India’s largest thermal power generation company, is moving into non-conventional power sector in a major way. The company plans to move into Solar, Hydel and Nuclear power sector in the coming years. According to NTPC’s corporate plan, by 2032, nearly 28 per cent of the company’s installed generation capacity will be based on carbon-free energy sources.


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Recently, NTPC commissioned two Solar Power plants, each having a capacity of 5 MW. Solar Photovoltaic Power Dadri Project in Uttar Pradesh and Solar Power Garacharma Project in Andaman & Nicobar were the two projects which were commissioned. Thus NTPC’s installed solar power capacity now stands at 10 MW. As of now, NTPC has seven solar power projects in planning stage. NTPC plans to add another 20 MW solar PV to its installed capacity in 2013-14.

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NTPC has added 4,170 MW during the financial year 2012-13, which is the highest ever capacity addition by NTPC in any financial year, taking its total installed capacity to 41,184 MW.


The capacity additions in 2013-14 will include 660 MW Barh Unit 4; two units of 500 MW each at Rihand (Unit-6) and Vallur (Unit-3) and195 MW Kanti Unit-3.


NTPC has also proposed to invest over Rs 11,000 crore to set up a 1,600 MW coal based project in Gadarwara district in Madhya Pradesh. The project was supposed to be located in Gajmara in Orissa but was relocated due to land and environment clearance issues.


NTPC is optimistic about starting the construction work of its 1,600 MW Darlipali Super Thermal project in Odisha during the second half of 2013. The land acquisition for the project is underway and is expected to be completed by July 2013. NTPC would invite fresh bids for securing power gear for the Darlipalli Power plant, after BGR Energy, one of the equipment suppliers, pulled out of the project recently.


NTPC will start finalising the process for competitive bidding to procure equipment for its 1980 MW super-thermal power plant in Jharkhand. The Jharkhand project has been stuck for more then a decade. The plant is expected to be commissioned in four years, once the contracts are awarded.


In the thermal power sector, NTPC is severely hampered by the non-availability of coal. The delayed signing of FSA between Coal India and NTPC has made Coal India to stop supply of coal to the power giant. Efforts are on to ensure adequate supply of coal to NTPC power plants.


NTPC’s Kaniha power plant was forced to shut down one 500 MW unit due to shortage of coal supply from Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). According to official sources, instead of its capacity of generating 3,000 MW per day, it now produces only about 2,000 MW. NTPC Kaniha power plant is the second largest coal based thermal power plant in India.


To create fuel security, NTPC has ventured into the business of coal mining. NTPC plans to produce four million tonne of coal annually from its Pakri Barwadih in Jharkhand, marking the entry of a power producer into coal mining.


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Quote of the week:


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Arup Roy Choudhury,
Chairman & MD,
NTPC Limited

"The (captive) blocks that we have will give out 40 million tonnes by the end of (March) 2017. But by that time, our demand requirement will be 200 million tonnes of coal. So we get still only 20 percent of what we require from the mines that we have."


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