Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia has laid the foundation stone of NTPC‘s Gadarwara supercritical thermal power project in Madhya Pradesh. The 1,600-MW (2×800) power project is situated in Narsingpur district of the state. The project will have an ultimate capacity of 3,200 MW at a total investment of nearly Rs.25,000 crore. NTPC has approved an investment of around Rs.11,000 crore for setting up the project and commissioning it in the 13th Five-Year Plan.
With this major project, Narsinghpur district would become the energy capital of Madhya Pradesh, the minister said, adding that the government aimed to make India self-sufficient in power along with an efficient transmission and distribution systems. He appreciated NTPC’s capacity programme with a view to becoming a 1.28 GW company by 2032.
NTPC CMD Arup Roy Chaudhary revealed that NTPC planned to establish two more projects in the state, at Khargone and Barethi. No details were available.
The units for the Gadarwara power project have been sourced under Bulk Tendering Process initiated by Government of India for rapid capacity addition and cost competitiveness. The project is expected to be a trendsetter in Madhya Pradesh with the first 800-MW unit having supercritical technology. This project is being implemented as a regional power project for the benefit of the state and union territories in the western region — 50 per cent of the power generated is meant only for Madhya Pradesh and the remaining power would be supplied to the other states.
The coal requirement of the project will be met from Talaipalli coal block of the Mand Raigarh coalfields in Chhattisgarh while water for the plant would be sourced from river Narmada.
NTPC’s largest power plant in Madhya Pradesh is the 4,260-MW Vindhyachal super thermal power station situated in Singrauli district of the state.