NTPC to start construction for thermal power plant next year

NTPC to start construction for thermal power plant next year Bhubaneswar: Optimistic of completion of land acquisition for its 1600 MW Darlipali Super Thermal project in Odisha, India's largest thermal power producer NTPC on Tuesday said construction for the Rs 12,850 crore plant could be launched during the second half of 2013.

"About 1200 acres of land had already been acquired by the company in Sundargarh district so far as against the total requirement of around 1700 acres," Regional Executive Director of NTPC, M S Soin, told reporters here.

Stating that NTPC is set to invest about Rs 30,000 crore for three major projects in Odisha, he said they can go ahead with construction work for Darlipali plant and proceed for placing orders for equipment as soon as the entire land acquisition process is complete.

"The company expects the administration to hand over 338 acres of government land and 34.5 acres of forest by July this year," Soin said adding once the company takes possession of 69 acres of private land, it can launch construction.

As soon as the entire land is acquired, the company would go ahead with the process of floating tender for boilers in second quarter of the next financial year, he said adding that the process for getting turbines and other equipment would also be expedited.

Referring to land acquisition, Soin said the company has responded to the queries made by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) regarding diversion of forest land and acquiring state government should be a smooth affair.

"There is no public resistance to land acquisition at Darlipali. We hope the remaining land would be acquired without any hurdles," the regional ED said.

Stating that NTPC proposes to invest Rs 12,850 crore for Darlipali super thermal project, Soin said Odisha government would get half of the electricity generated at the plant, for which coal linkage has been assured.

The 1600 (2 X 800) Mw plant would be fed by Dulanga coal mine allotted to the company and water will be provided from Hirakud reservoir.

Apart from Darlipali, NTPC proposes to invest about Rs 12,000 crore for another super thermal power plant at Gajmara in Dhenkanal district and over Rs 5,000 crore for expansion of Talcher Thermal Power Station.

Stating that NTPC's present installed capacity in eastern region was 3,460 MW, Soin said it would increase substantially when the new projects are commissioned.

He said the 460 MW Talcher Thermal Power Station with its high performance has generated more than 96 percent of plant load factor, highest ever since its inception, providing one of the cheapest thermal power to its beneficiary.

"The commendable performance is the result of timely implementation of renovation and modernisation measures by NTPC team to improve the life of the aging utility," he said adding the station has achieved 100 percent ash utilisation through back filling of mine voids.

Referring to the 3600 MW Talcher Super Thermal Power Station at Kaniha, Soin claimed that due to inadequate fuel supply the plant suffered a generation loss of 1586 MU till February, 2013 on account of coal.

Only 87 percent of annual contracted quantity of domestic coal for the station could be ensured so far, he claimed.

Declaring NTPC's proposal for foraying into renewable energy sector, Soin said the thermal power producer intends to set up a solar power plant at Kaniha in Odisha.

While the capacity of the proposed solar plant could be about 15-16 MW, its cost was yet to be worked out, the NTPC regional Ed said.

PTI