NTPC to add 2,950 MW in TN, Kerala by 2011-12

Chennai, Jan 2 | Updated: Jan 3 2006, 06:32am hrs
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) would add an aditional 2,950 MW to the southern grid by the turn of 2011-12 fiscal. The new capacity would be created in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This would be the single largest capacity addition by the public sector thermal power major in South during recent years.

According to information available with FE, NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd, a 50:50 JV between NTPC and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) would go on stream by 2011-12. The coal-fired power station would have an installed capacity of 1,000 MW. The entire installed capacity would be synchronised by 2011-12.

NTPC had floated the Tamil Nadu venture following the shelving of a number of IPPs approved by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) raising the fear that the State may miss the planned addition of generating capacity. The project had got coal linkage from ministry of coal following the request by the Union power ministry.

According to the in-principle agreement, the power station would get five million tonnes of coal per annum from Mahanadi Coal Fileds Ltd (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd.

The NTPC-TNEB combine has approached the Centre for getting the mega power project status for the project. The project is slated to come up at Ennore in the outskirts of Chennai.

NTPC is expected to complete the second phase of its Kayamkulam expansion plan by 2011-12. The Kayamkulam second phase would have an installed capacity of 1,950 MW and the entire new capacity would be commissioned by that period. The Kayamkulam expansion programme has been cleared by all the authorities concerned including the NTPC board. NTPC would be executing the project entirely by its own without any equity participation from other parties.

With the completion of both the projects, NTPC's capacity in the region would go up by a significant 1,950 MW. The additional power would be shared among the four southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka besides the Union Territory of Pondichery.