NTPC to add two more plants this year

Corporation completes 37 years today
Karimnagar: The National Thermal Power Corporation’s super power station at Ramagundam will complete 37 years on Saturday. The station will get two more plants with a capacity of 800 MW each to power up Telangana. The foundation stone for the new plants are likely to be laid in two months. The then Prime Minister Morarji Desai had the laid foundation stone to set up the power station on November 14, 1978. The 2,600-MW power station has seven units of varying capacities which were installed in phases. It generates on average over 20,000 million units of electricity per annum, lighting up every third lamp in the country. It is considered to be the largest electricity producer in South India.
According to the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, about 4,000 MW has to be generated by erecting new plants in order to help overcome the acute shortage of power in Telangana. The NTPC has been assigned with the task of setting up of new power plants. In all, 85 per cent of power generated from the new plants will be supplied to Telangana.
“The corporation has sufficient land for erecting the new plants. But land is required for constructing the ash pond. Revenue authorities suggested multiple locations for the pond. The NTPC has to finalise suitable locations. Coal linkage has been completed by allocating the Mandakini coal block belonging to Mahanadi coals fields situated in Odisha,” said an official.

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