Bharatiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd (BRBCL), a joint venture of NTPC, commissioned the first unit of its 4×250-mw Nabinagar power plant in Bihar, on March 20, 2016. BRBCL was incorporated in November 2007 as a 74:26 joint venture between NTPC and Ministry of Railways to set up the 1,000-mw (4×250-mw) Nabinagar coal-fired power plant in Bihar. As per the agreement between the two partners, 90 per cent of the electricity generated by the Nabinagar plant will be used by the Indian Railways for traction and non-traction purposes.
With the commissioning of the first unit at Nabinagar, Group NTPC’s total capacity to 45,798 mw that includes 6,446 mw from joint ventures. The remaining is from wholly-owned plants of NTPC (see table.)
During this fiscal year up to March 20, 2016, NTPC commissioned new capacity of 2,655 mw. This included new units at plants wholly-owned by NTPC or its joint ventures. A notable projects to come on stream was the 800-mw Koldam hydropower project marking NTPC’s entry in the hydropower sector. One unit of 660-mw was commissioned at the Barh power project in Bihar, 500 mw at the Vindhyachal plant and 250 mw at the Bongaigaon plant, among others.