Third 500 MW unit of NTPC's Jhajjar plant starts selling power

Third 500 MW unit of NTPC's Jhajjar plant starts selling power New Delhi: State-run NTPC Friday said the 500 MW unit of its Jhajjar plant in Haryana has started selling electricity from the project.

Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia declared the commercial operation of the third 500 MW unit of the Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project (1,500 MW) at Jhajjar in Haryana, the company said in a statement.

"Efforts will be made to put two more units of 660 MW at Jhajjar so that Haryana transforms itself into to a power surplus state," Scindia said.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present at the occasion.

"NTPC should address various issues related to (Rehabilitation and Resettlement) R&R while undertaking the expansion of the Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project so that the economic conditions of the land oustees are further improved," Hooda said.

NTPC CMD Arup Roy Choudhury said the company has added a capacity of 4,170 MW during 2012-13 which is the highest ever capacity addition in a single year.

A host of dignitaries and power industry professionals, including Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ashok Lavasa were also present on the occasion.

NTPC contributes over 41,000 MW of the total 2,28,000 MW installed capacity of the country.

The project belongs to Aravali Power Company Private Ltd -- in which NTPC holds 50 percent equity. The remaining portion is equally shared between Haryana Power Generation Corporation Ltd and Indraprastha Power Generation Company Ltd.

Haryana, Delhi and other northern region states are the main beneficiaries of this power project.

Coal linkage is made from Mahanadi Coalfields of Odisha and it is transported through Indian Railways.

The debt equity ratio of the project is 70:30. The equity portion has been financed by the promoters and the debt by the Power Finance Corporation.

Power equipment for the project has been supplied by BHEL.

Meanwhile, Power Minister dedicated the Bhiwani Sub Station of power transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd to the Nation Friday.

The present peak demand of the Haryana state is about 7,450 MW. As per reports, the power demand of the state would be about 10,270 MW by 2016-17. It would increase to about 14,240 MW by 2021-22.

PTI