NCTPS-II to follow suit in July

The first unit of NTPC-TANGEDCO joint venture project at Vallur will go on stream by June end and that of North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS)-stage II by July 2012, according to an official release issued on Wednesday.

An assurance to this effect was made by BHEL Chairman Managing Director B.P. Rao and NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Arup Roy Choudhury at a joint inspection and at the review meeting conducted by the Chief Secretary Debendranth Sarangi.

Mr. Choudhury said the first unit of NTPC-TANGEDCO would start functioning with full load from June end onwards. The second unit would be commissioned by September 12.

According to Mr. Rao, the first unit of NCTPS would be commissioned by July and it will attain full load operation by August. The second unit of NCTPS would be commissioned by October 2012. When it is fully operational, the State would get the entire load of 1200 MW of power.

Mr. Sarangi reviewed the work in progress of 3 x 500 MW NTPC-TANGEDCO joint venture project at Vallur and the 2 x 600 MW NCTPS stage II. He asked the officials to expedite the ongoing projects in view of the power shortage prevailing in the State as they were running behind due to various reasons.

The first unit of 500 MW of the Rs.8,000 crore Vallur joint venture project has already been synchronised with the grid on March 9.

The balance works is to be speeded up in order to achieve the full load operation. The State would be getting 345 MW of power each from the three units, an official release said.

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