Special Correspondent

From Simhadri projectin Andhra Pradesh

  • Tamil Nadu has demanded the allocation of 500 MW from the plant
  • Proposed plant is likely to be commissioned by 2009-end

    CHENNAI The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and the NTPC (formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation) on Wednesday signed an agreement for purchasing power from the proposed 1000-megawatt Simhadri expansion project in Andhra Pradesh.

    TNEB Chairman Hans Raj Verma and NTPC Director R.S. Sharma signed the agreement at Secretariat in the presence of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Ministers Arcot N. Veerasamy, M.K. Stalin and K. Ponmudi, and senior officers of the State Government and the Central power utility.

    Coal as fuel

    According to a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board official, the proposed plant will use coal as its fuel. It is likely to be commissioned by the end of 2009.

    Tamil Nadu has demanded the allocation of 500 MW from the plant. Other Southern States too have sought power.

    The Union Power Ministry will decide the quantum of power to be given to the State.

    The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission will determine the tariff.

    The official said in the first phase, Andhra Pradesh had been allocated the entire 1,000 MW.