Coal, New Projects

Some India officials want NPTC coal-fired project delayed

The National Thermal Power Corp. (NTPC) is building two new coal-fired power plants big enough to supply about an additional 4,000 MW in electricity into India’s grid.

Some state officials, however, have asked that the second phase be delayed while planners figure ways to reduce costs and perhaps get the coal from closer supplies.

The first phase of NTPC’s 1,600-MW Ramagundam is due to be completed and operational by October 2020. Telangana have asked that the 2,400-MW second phase be delayed.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao visited the site this past weekend and that more of the power should be supplied to his region. He also noted that the coal for the plant is coming from a farther distance and could help cut costs by using closer supplies.;

“Coal for Ramagundam NTPC plant is being used by bringing it from Mandakini in Odisha which is at a distance of 950 km, instead of taking coal from Singareni (state-run miner Singareni Collieries) which is nearby. This leads to increase in cost of production,” the release quoted Rao as saying, according to the Press Trust of India.

The original NPTC Ramagundam coal-fired plants date back to the 1980s and were considered the first super thermal power capacities in India, according to reports.

Coal-fired generation accounts for an overwhelming majority of the electricity produced in India.