NTPC targets 50,000 mw by 2012
Shakti S. Singh
The National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd is on an expansion
spree to meet the power requirements of the country — it has adopted a
multi-pronged growth strategy to become a 50,000-mw plus company by 2012.
NTPC envisages 75,000 mw plus installed capacity by 2017 which includes a
significant addition of hydro capacity and forays into non-conventional and
nuclear power generation.
T. Sankarlingam, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC, said that capacity
addition through greenfield projects, expansion of existing stations, joint
ventures and takeover of SEB stations were on the cards.
Disclosing NTPC’s future plans, Sankarlingam said that the nuclear agreement
with the US would provide flexibility on the acquisition of technology for
nuclear energy. A 2,000-mw nuclear power plant will come up in the middle of the
11th Five-Year Plan and another 2,000 mw at the end of the plan.
The power major has also signed MoUs with the Arunachal Pradesh government for
implementation of the 4,000-mw Etalin hydel power plant, the country’s largest
hydro power project, and the 500-mw Attunli HEP project.
NTPC also plans to go global. The public sector company has signed a memorandum
of agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka and Ceylon Electricity Board for
setting up a 500-mw (2x250 mw) coal-based thermal power plant in the island
nation. An MoU has also been signed with Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc., Japan,
for establishing an alliance for exchange of information and experts from
different areas of the business. The company is also in the process of
finalising an MoU with Nigeria for setting up power plants against allocation of
LNG on long-term basis for NTPC plants in India.
Despite the major shortfall in the power ministry’s 10th plan capacity addition
programme, NTPC has all reason to be pleased with its performance of a total
addition of 7,155 mw power during the period. The company’s Vindhyachal super
thermal power plant has become the country’s largest thermal generation plant
with a total installed capacity of 3,200 mw. Apart from the commissioned
projects, NTPC has reported good progress in its ongoing projects. At present,
NTPC has a total of 11,360 mw capacity under construction. Its foray into hydro
power has also gathered momentum with the 800-mw Koldam, 600-mw Loharinag Pala
and 520-mw Tapovan Vishnugad moving ahead at a good pace.
To ensure fuel supply for its upcoming thermal projects, NTPC has entered into
agreements with Coal India Ltd and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd for jointly
undertaking the development, operation and maintenance of the coal blocks. The
coal ministry has also recently approved NTPC’s Pakri Barwadih coal mining
project which will be the largest mining capacity plan in India with estimated
reserves of 15 million tonnes per annum.
[09 April 2007]