T. Ramakrishnan

NLC has initiated steps to get necessary clearances: chairman

  • Consultant to be appointed in a month
  • Steps to identify land for project underway

    CHENNAI: The Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) has proposed to begin work on the integrated project of lignite mining and power production at Jayamkondam in Perambalur district by the middle of next year.

    Noting that the NLC had already initiated steps to get the necessary clearances, S. Jayaraman, Chairman and Managing Director of the Corporation, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the power utility had floated global bids for choosing a consultant to prepare a feasibility report on the project. "The consultant will be appointed in a month. Three months will be given for preparing the report."

    (Initially, 1,000 megawatts will be generated and this will go up to 2,000 MW subsequently. In the initial phase, lignite production of eight-nine million tonnes has been envisaged).

    Pointing out that the process for getting the clearances would normally take a year, he, however, said "our objective is to start the work by the middle of 2007." At the most, it might take a few more months.

    Asked whether the NLC took possession of land (measuring about 3,890 acres) from the local authorities in the light of the State Government's order in this regard, Mr. Jayaraman said "not yet." But, steps to identify the land were underway.

    [In the last 15 years, two attempts were made to implement the project with the participation of the private sector. About 10 years ago, when the State Government wanted to execute the project, it made the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) the nodal agency for the project. The government order, issued in July 2006, directed the TIDCO to hand over the land to the NLC after realising the expenditure incurred.]

    As for the 1,000-MW Tuticorin joint venture project involving the NLC and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, the NLC chief said the Pollution Control Board's clearance was expected this month. Subsequently, the project would go to the Cabinet for approval. He was hopeful that this process would be completed during the current financial year.

    Meanwhile, the feasibility report for another joint venture power project has been prepared.

    This project is coming up at Ennore, on the northern outskirts of Chennai. Promoted by the TNEB and the National Thermal Power Corporation, the coal-based project envisages production of 1,000 MW.