Peddapalli: The first phase of the 2,400 MW Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (TSTPP) comprising two units of 800 MWs taken up by NTPC Ramagundam, is all set to be commissioned in the 2021-2022 financial year.
Disclosing this to the media at NTPC Ramagundam on Thursday, NTPC Chief General Manager Sunil Kumar said the project works were progressing in full swing after overcoming the hurdles caused by the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdown.
Stating that 85 percent of the power generated at the TSTPP would be utilized by Telangana State, he said the company was confident of commissioning both the units during the 2021-2022 financial year.
With regard to the second phase the TSTPP, he said the project was at discussion level, but was confident of executing it soon after completing all the formalities. The coal for the TSTPP would be supplied from Mandakini coal block in Odisha and tapering linkage from Singareni for 6.85 million tonnes per annum. Sripada Yellampalli project would supply 2 tmc of water for the thermal power project, Sunil Kumar said.
100 MWs floating solar power plant by May
Giving details about the diversification of NTPC, he said they had already started generating 10 MWs of solar power at Ramagundam since January 2014 onwards. “The NTPC is planning to install 100 MWs of floating solar power plant at the NTPC reservoir and commission it tentatively in the month of May. The NTPC is also planning to set up an additional 80 MWs of floating solar power plant in the NTPC reservoir,” he stated.
Asked about plans to take up floating solar power plants in the reservoirs under Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme, the CGM said they would study the feasibility of the exercise, and then come up with plans to set up floating plants in all the water bodies of the State.
He said the production cost of solar power was Rs 2.61 paise per unit while thermal power costs Rs 3.20 paise per unit. “We are taking all the measures to reduce production cost at the thermal power project,” he added.
Stating that NTPC Ramagundam has become a focal point for inspiration in the State to develop mini forests in small pieces of land by adopting Miyawaki method, the CGM said they had already developed two phases of Miyawaki forests in the NTPC premises by planting 14,000 plants. They were planning to develop similar forests in two locations in Ramagundam municipality and urged the municipal authorities to give them a viable piece of land to develop mini-forests.
With regard to the plant’s performance, he said they had generated 14,538.406 million units of power till February 20, 2021, at Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 71.47 per cent against the target of generating 15,444 MU at PLF of 67.81 per cent.
General Manager (Technical services) PK Laad, GM (ME) Ch Murali Krishna, GM (O&M) AK Samaiyar and head of HR M Vijayalakshmi and others were also present.