Stage II of the project commissioned by Union Minister

Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday said Andhra Pradesh would get 50 per cent of power generated from NTPC's Stage-II Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project.

He disclosed this at Parawada after declaring full load commercial operation of unit-3 of Simhadri Stage-II project. The project has 500x4 units of which the company will now generate 1500 MW. The State will get 1000 MW produced from Stage-I. Now as per Mr. Shinde's announcement, Andhra Pradesh can get 500 MW extra from unit-3 and 4 of Stage-II. The unit-4 is also expected to be commissioned by year-end.

Describing the additional generation of 500 MW as yet another milestone, he explained that he was not in a position to accept State's request to supply entire power generated from Stage-II of Simhadri project as the Centre had decided to restrict the supply to 50 per cent of power being generated to the State where the project is located.

Stating that capacity addition in power sector and fuel linkage had remained top priority under UPA government, the Minister said power generation which was 1.22 lakh MW in 2006 had gone up to 1.80 lakh MW and hoped that they could achieve the target set for 11th Five Year Plan in next six months. Projects to add 12,000 MW were at various stages of completion, he added.

Ministers Vatti Vasant Kumar and P. Balaraju, MP T. Subbarami Reddy, local MLA P. Ramesh Babu, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, I.C.P. Kesari, NTPC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Arup Roy Chodhary were present.