Govt trying to increase power generation through NTPC: Shinde

VISAKHAPATNAM: Union Power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday said the Centre was taking all measures to increase power generation in the country through the projects taken up by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). 

Declaring the full-load commercial operation of NTPC’s Simhadri Super Thermal Power project unit three’s stage-II of 500 MW unit at Parawada on the city outskirts here on Sunday, Shinde said the present power generation capacity of NTPCtouched 1.80 lakh MW from the 1.23 lakh MW, when he took over as Union Power Minister in 2006. 

NTPC had plans to generate 83,000 MW from projects, presently under construction in the country, he said adding that energy shortages in the country has come down from 18 percent to four percent, the minister said. 

Stating that Plant Load Factor (PLF) had gone up, the Congress leader said transmission and distribution losses had decreased to 26.5 percent from 36 percent and that it would further decrease to 15 percent in the near future. 

Noting that NTPC was one of the biggest power generating organisations in the world, Shinde said the corporation had been making profits every year. 

NTPC had achieved Rs 9,200 crore profits last fiscal. Shinde assured to solve problems of the displaced persons, who had lost their lands for Simhadri Project. 

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Anup Roy Choudhary claimed that NTPC was generating one third of the power in India and was number one in power generation in the world. 

He said the 500 MW unit of the Shimhadri-stage-II was synchronised with the grid on March 29 this year and the generation capacity of NTPC Simhadri had gone up to 1500 MW with commissioning of the present 500 MW Unit-III. 

Unit one and two of the project had commenced commercial operation ahead of schedule in September 2002 and March 2003.

Source – TOI

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Executive at India Electron Exchange

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