25-year old power plants to be turned into super critical plants
All power plants, which are over 25 years old, will be phased out and converted into 'super critical plants' to augment generation capacity and reduce pollution, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday.
Goyal told Lok Sabha that these old power plants of NTPC, which together produced around 11,000 MW power, will be phased out gradually and converted into 'super critical plant'.
"Such plants are six to eight time less pollutant and will be able to generate more power," he said during Question Hour.
Goyal said during 12th Plan till September 2016, a total of 3,000 MW of inefficient thermal generating capacity has been retired, which will result in better utilisation of more efficient plants. The Minister said to revive and improve utilisation of the stranded gas based power generation capacity in the country, the Centre has sanctioned a scheme supported with Power System Development Fund for utilisation of gas based power generation capacity for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
'Govt not to rush to set up ultra mega power project in Bihar'
The government will not rush to set up ultra mega power project in Bihar as it could mean costly power to the people, the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday. Responding to supplementaries Power Minister Piyush Goyal said the government would prefer to adopt a "calibrated" approach in setting up an ultra mega power project in Banka region of Bihar. He said the government would not rush to set up the project there as it would mean costly power per unit to the people of the state. Today, the power is available at a cost of nearly Rs 4 per unit.