Disaster-proof tech to be adopted for NTPC Pudimadaka plant

Updated - November 16, 2021 07:08 pm IST

Published - November 06, 2014 12:48 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

NTPC Simhadri Group General Manager A.K. Samanta explaining a point during an interview with The Hindu at Deepanjalinagar near Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

NTPC Simhadri Group General Manager A.K. Samanta explaining a point during an interview with The Hindu at Deepanjalinagar near Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Power major NTPC has decided to take up construction of ultra mega coal-fired thermal power project at Pudimadaka coast near here with disaster- resilient technology so as to withstand a wind speed of above 250 km per hour.

Going by the experience of NTPC Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant at Parawada, 50 km from here and 15 km from Pudimadaka project, which had to be shutdown for a few days in the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud, the company has resolved to adopt latest technologies with fool-proof mechanism to protect from super cyclones, hurricanes and earthquakes.

For the Pudimadaka project, which will be set up to generate 4,000 mw sourcing coal entirely from imports, an investment of Rs.20,000 crore is contemplated. The Andhra Pradesh government issued a GO allotting 1200 acres on September 4 to NTPC for the super critical project.

“Our company has decided to adopt cyclone resilient and other world-class technologies for construction of Pudimadaka project after leaning lessons from Hudhud, which exceeded a wind velocity of over 200 km despite prediction of 185 km per hour,” NTPC Simhadri Group General Manager A.K. Samanta told The Hindu on Wednesday. NTPC Simhadri has structurally the stability to absorb a wind speed of up to 250 km per hour. It also has the capacity to withstand an earthquake measuring seven to eight on Richter scale.

Now the process is on to conduct pre-feasibility studies for the Pudimadaka project. Special team of officers has been posted to execute it. The project is envisaged with high efficiency, higher calorific value and heat rate to put carbon emissions at bare minimum.

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