Telangana

Hope on the horizon for power-starved Telangana

The NTPC Ltd is all set to start two new units of 800 MW each at its 2,600 MW Ramagundam plant.

The NTPC Ltd is all set to start two new units of 800 MW each at its 2,600 MW Ramagundam plant.  

NTPC Ltd. to set up two units of 800 MW each at its Ramagundam plant

The NTPC Ltd is all set to start two new units of 800 MW each at its 2,600 MW Ramagundam plant.

This is in fulfilment of the Union government’s promise to provide 4,000 MW of power from NTPC Ltd. to the newly-formed Telangana State. Accordingly, work on the first phase of the eighth and ninth units will be taken up soon in Ramagundam. The authorities have identified the site for the proposed 1,600 MW project and taken up levelling works on a war-footing.

At present, the coal requirement of the Ramagundam unit is of the order of 38,000 tonnes per day. The Singareni Collieries Company Limited is the major supplier with 32,000 tonnes per day and the rest is sourced from other agencies.

The Ramagundam unit is awaiting coal linkage, estimated at 22,000 tonnes per day, from Singareni Collieries for its two new power stations. The NTPC Ltd. management is planning to utilise modern equipment such as turbine, boilers, generators etc., which have already been made available at BHEL Ltd. in Hyderabad.

The date for laying the foundation-stone will be finalised once the Union government announces the coal linkage. The authorities are planning to schedule the ceremony for the second week of November. They are confident of commissioning the new units in three years.

Interestingly, 85 per cent of power generated through these stations will be given to Telangana. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal, NTPC C&MD Arup Roy Chaudhary will be present at the ceremony.

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