Bilaspur: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Thursday dedicated the state-run NTPC`s Sipat thermal power project in Chhattisgarh to the nation.
The 2,980 MW coal-based Sipat thermal power plant has three units of 660 MW and two units of 500 MW, which are already operational.
As part of NTPC`s Western Region II, NTPC Sipat will ensure power supply to the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman and Diu as also Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Super critical Sipat power station has three 660 MW environment friendly units having higher operating efficiency. For the first time in the country, this thermal power project will have large 765 KV switchyard for power evacuation.
NTPC will source the coal from Korba`s Dipka extension mines of SECL for the project at Sipat. The fuel is transported through NTPC`s own rail transportation system. The water for the plant is sourced through a 16-km pipeline from the banks of the Hasdeo barrage canal, from Hardivishal village in the district.
NTPC-Sipat project has been set up in nascent vegetation. With a view to conserve the environment, the project has 275 meter high chimneys and higher efficiency static precipitators (ESPs). A 50-meter Green Belt is being developed around the projects. Saplings have already been planted in nearby villages, on both sides of state highway, and on the approach roads.