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NTPC records highest ever capacity addition in 2010-11

After taking over as chairman & managing director of India’s largest power utility NTPC, Arup Roy Chowdhury has added a number of firsts to his credit.

The company has made its highest ever capacity addition of 2,490 MW during the year and its total generation capacity has reached 34,194 MW. The four Units commissioned during the year are Jhajjar, Korba, Farakka and Simhadri of 500 MW each.
Under Roy Chowdhury’s supervision, NTPC has successfully managed to commission its first supercritical technology-based unit at Sipat in Chhattisgarh. The 660 MW coal-fired unit was synchronized with grid on February 18. The total project capacity of the Sipat project will be 2,980 MW when its all five units are commissioned.

NTPC already had two units each of 500 MW at Sipat that were made operational in 2008. Being a power generator, coal is critical to NTPC. The company has unable to start production from its allotted seven blocks since 2004. These blocks include Pakri Barwadih, Chhatti Bariatu (North and South), Kerandari (Jharkhand), Dulanga (Orissa) and Tallaipalli in Chhattisgarh. Out of seven blocks, it has a reserve of 3 billion tonnes of coal. But according to its own estimate, the mineable coal would be around 1.8 billion tonnes.

“NTPC currently consumes 150 million tonnes of coal. Out of which, it imports 12 to 16 MT per annum. In the 12th Five Year Plan, its coal consumption will reach 300 million tones annually. The company is confident of receiving 200 million tonnes from Coal India, while the coal imports may go upto 20 million tonnes. The rest of the 80 million tonnes will be produced by NTPC itself, from its own coal blocks,” said Roy Chowdhury.
Thiess India is already working as mine developer cum operator for Pakri Barwadih Coal Mining Project (PB CMP). Pakri Barwadih will be the first of six mines NTPC intends to develop to provide low cost coal for its power stations, replacing expensive imported coal. Coal production is planned to ramp up to 15 million tonnes per annum over the first three years of mining with an improved mine plan proposed by Thiess, and more than 300 million tonnes of coal will be mined over the contract duration.

NTPC board recently visited the central vigilance office and explained the entire process. The best of technology has been deployed in the coal production, where all the data is centralized and the coal moments can be tracked through the GPS system. NTPC has already compensated the effected people in the area. For the first time in the country, the land losers will have a permanent income from NTPC every year.
NTPC has been Awarded “Maharatna” status by Govt. of India in May 2010. The company has been ranked No. 1 Independent Power Producer in Asia and 2nd globally in the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings 2010.

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