Hyderabad: The southern regional office of NTPC Ltd, the country’s biggest power producer, said on Thursday it would nearly triple its generation capacity to 15,400MW by 2017, from the existing 5,950MW.
NTPC has a 2,600MW thermal project at Ramagundam and a 1,000MW thermal plant at Simhadri, both in Andhra Pradesh, a 2,000MW thermal plant at Talcher in Orissa, and a 350MW naphtha-based project at Kayamkulam in Kerala. As part of the new additions, NTPC has started work on a 1,000MW capacity addition at Simhadri, involving Rs5,038 crore, and a new 1,000MW plant at Vallur in Tamil Nadu, costing Rs5,423 crore, NTPC’s regional executive director Ambarish N. Dave told reporters.
Both these projects will be commissioned in November 2010, he added. The Vallur project is a joint venture with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, or TNEB.
NTPC has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Karnataka Power Corp. Ltd for a 500MW wind power project. Feasibility studies are under way and suitable sites for the projects have to be identified, Dave said.
Dave said NTPC is in advanced talks with GAIL (India) Ltd for the supply of gas and expects to firm up a deal shortly for the expansion works.
Overall in India, NTPC’s power generation capacity of 30,144MW accounts for 23% of the country’s total installed capacity.