New Delhi: Country’s largest power producer NTPC is all set to become a 30,000 MW company this year after the commissioning of its 500 MW plant at Kahalgaon in Bihar in November.
“We are hoping that the installed power generation capacity of the company would reach 30,000 MW mark by the end of this year once the 500 MW unit of Kahalgaon project is commissioned,” R S Sharma CMD NTPC told PTI.
Asked about the plans during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012), which has been pegged at adding 22,000 MW power generation capacity, Sharma said all the projects were on track and running as per schedule.
The company, which plans to focus on hydro power generation, would produce its first unit of electricity next year, he said, adding the company has set a target to add 7,000 MW of electricity to its total capacity only through hydro by the end of 2012.
On the thermal side, although the company has ambitious targets but the ongoing tussle with the domestic coal companies, especially Coal India Limited (CIL), over the shortage of coal may upset NTPC’s plans.
The total coal requirement of the company in the current financial year (2008-09) is 125 million tons, out of which it plans to import eight million tons to bridge the shortfall.