ANDHRA PRADESH

NTPC's Ramagundam unit completes 25 years

KARIMNAGAR NOV.13. The National Thermal Power Corporation, Ramagundam, the beacon light of the Southern states, is celebrating its silver jubilee of its inception in the district.

The Ramagundam power plant is the third in the series of the super thermal power stations set up by the NTPC. The foundation stone for the 2100 MW project was laid by the then Prime Minister, Morarji Desai, on November 14, 1978. The NTPC is generating power with three 200 MW units and three 500 MW units at Ramagundam.

Since inception, the station has achieved excellence in all operational spheres like project implementation, generation, environment management, ash utilisation, etc. The NTPC, Ramagundam, is supplying power to Andhra Pradesh (610 MW), Tamil Nadu (470 MW), Karnakata (345 MW), Kerala (245 MW), Goa (100 MW) and Pondicherry (50 MW) and remaining 280 MW would be distributed among the states depending on their requirements. The project is spread over 10,630 acres is utilising about 30,000 tonnes of coal and 150 cusecs of water every day for generating power.

The station has qualified for Central Electricity Authority (CEA) gold medal for the sixth consecutive year. The station generated 16,836 million units of power at a plant load factor of 91.52 per cent for the year 2002-03, which is a record since inception of the project. Presently, the 2,100 MW power plant is under expansion by additional 500 MW for which the work is fast progressing, and the authorities are taking all steps to commission the unit ahead of the scheduled time. The completion of the seventh unit project will provide an additional 140 MW power to the State.

A record tonnage of 2,480 tonnes in the steam generation and electrostatic precipitator was executed during June surpassing the earlier record of 2,263 tonnes in any 500-MW unit in the country. The hydro-test of the project was completed five months and three weeks ahead of the scheduled on July 29 this year. Even the boiler light-up of the project was expected to take place very soon, according to official sources.