NTPC Pudimadaka public hearing on August 12

Four coal-based units of 1,000 MW each will be set up at one place with supercritical technology

July 13, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:48 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

The A. P. Pollution Control Board has issued a notification for holding environmental public hearing for NTPC Pudimadaka Super Thermal Power Project on August 12.

The project for which NTPC has been allotted 1,200 acres by the A. P. Industrial Infrastructure Corporation at Pudimadaka, about 60 km from here in Atchutapuram and Rambilli mandals, will involve an investment of Rs.26,828 crore — the first major investment post-bifurcation. The EIA study for the project has been done by Vimta Labs of Hyderabad.

The APPCB would put everything about the project on its website on Monday, Environmental Engineer R. Lakshminarayana told The Hindu . NTPC is also scouting for suitable site near Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station at Parawada to expand its capacity from 2,000 MW to 3,600 MW. Asked to comment on the project, NTPC-Pudimadaka Group General Manager P.S. Radhakrishnan said: “It will be a green power project, as the total requirement of coal will be imported to ensure higher efficiency levels and to put emissions at bare minimum.”

He said the project would not need any land acquisition as the APIIC had already handed over 1,200 acres of developed area.

For the first time, NTPC will set up four coal-based units of 1,000 MW each at one place with supercritical technology. It will not draw fresh water as desalination plant is proposed to use seawater unlike other projects.

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