Friday, 28 February 2014

Union Power Minister lays Foundation Stone of NTPC- Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh

The foundation stone of NTPC`s Gadarwara Super Thermal Power project in Madhya Pradesh was laid today by Shri Jyotiraditya Scinda, Union Minister of State for Power (I/C), in the presence of Shri Rajendra Shukla, Energy Minister of State of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Suresh Pachauri, former Union Minister, Dr. Arup Roy Chaudhary (CMD) NTPC and officials and dignitaries. The Project, comprising 2 units of 800 MW is situated in Narsingpur Distt. of the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia said that it is an historical occasion as such projects shall help meet the much needed energy demand of the country. He announced that the project shall have ultimate capacity of 3200 MW at a total investment of nearly Rs. 25000 crore.

 Narsinghpur will become energy capital of the state with Gadarwara super thermal power project of NTPC, he added. The Union Power Minister said that the aim of the Government is to make the country self sufficient in power along with efficient transmission and distribution systems. . He appreciated NTPC `s capacity program with the company projected to become 1.28 GW company by the year 2032.

Shri Arup Roy Chaudhary, CMD, NTPC said that NTPC has plans to set up two more projects in the state at Khargone and Barethi. He said that NTPC has its largest power project in the state and now Gadarwara and the upcoming solar project in Rajgarh. He promised best environmental practices and green initiatives in Gadawara. Shri Shukla, MP Energy Minister thanked Shri Scindia for his role to give impetus to the electricity generation programs in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

The units for the project have been sourced under Bulk Tendering Process initiated by Government of India for rapid capacity addition and cost competitiveness. Gadarwara project will thus be a trend setter in the state of Madhya Pradesh with 800MW unit capacity having super critical units and latest technology. 

This project is being implemented as a regional power project for the benefit of States/UTs of Western region with 50 per cent of the power generated from the project supplied to state of Madhya Pradesh only. Remaining power would be supplied to the states of Western Region.

 An investment of approx Rs 11000 crore has already been approved by NTPC for setting up the project and it is targeted to be commissioned in the 13th Plan.

The coal requirement of the project will be met from Talaipalli block from Mand –Raigarh coalfields and water sourced from river Narmada.

NTPC’s largest power plant, Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station of 4,260 MW installed capacity is situated in Singrauli District of Madhya Pradesh. 

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