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NTPC synchronises 2nd unit at Jhajjar

Hopes of Delhi soon getting more power for its use rose with the NTPC synchronising the second 500 MW unit of its super thermal power project in Jhajjar, Haryana, in which Delhi is a 50 per cent stakeholder.

This is the second 500 MW unit of the 1,500 MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project (IGSTPP) that has been commissioned. The plant is expected to lessen Delhi's power woes, as half of the total generation from the project will be shared equally between Delhi and Haryana.

The IGSTPP, Jhajjar, is a power project of the Aravali Power Company Private Limited, a joint venture of the NTPC, Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) and IPGCL (Delhi).

With the synchronisation of this 500-MW unit, the total installed capacity in Haryana too has increased to more than double. The capacity has now gone up to 3730.5 MW, as against 1587.08 MW in 2005.

Haryana and Delhi have an equity contribution of 24.5 per cent each in the project and the NTPC has an equity share of 51 per cent. The first 500 MW unit of the project was commissioned on November 1, and both Haryana and Delhi have been sharing the generation from the first unit.

The third and final 500 MW unit of this project is expected to be commissioned during March.

The plant's foundation was laid by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. A joint venture agreement was signed in 2006 between NTPC, IPGCL and HPGCL to set up this coal-based power station.

O&M services in Bangladesh

NTPC has entered the overseas Operation and Maintenance service (O&M services) with the `43 crore contract in Bangladesh.

“Notice of Award (NOA) has been received for operation and maintenance services for 2x120-MW gas-based Siddhirganj Peaking Power Plant (SPPP-A) from Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh Ltd (EGCB),” said NTPC.

NTPC will sign the contract in Dhaka this month.The contract is worth $8.8 million ( `43 crore). The company also offers engineering and project management consultancy services.

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