NLC sources told iFEr that the first unit is synchronised and would be commissioned in the second week of December. Work on the second unit also "is almost complete and it will be ready for commissioning by January-February, 2003".
The first unit was test-synchronised on October 21, 2002 and it will begin continuous power generation from the date of commissioning.
The entire power generated by TPS-I is fed into the Tamil Nadu grid. The power generated by the new units would be distributed to the southern states except Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu will get the major share (57 per cent) followed by Karnataka (25 per cent), Kerala (14 per cent) and Pondicherry (four per cent).
NLC which produces over 18 million tonnes of lignite a year generates 2,070 MW power. It has plans to increase the lignite production to 31.5 million tonnes and power generation to 5,240 MW investing over Rs 17,000 crore. With the completion of the TPS-I expansion, NLC will be moving closer to its target.
The capacity of Mine-1 which feeds TPS-I also is being expanded to 10.5 million tonnes from 6.5 million tonnes to meet the needs of the new units.
There is proposal to raise the capacity of the 1470 MW TPS-II by 500 MW. The capacity of Mine-II also will be expanded from 10.5 million tonne to 14.5 million tonne.