NLC targets 12,221-mw capacity by 13th Plan
Neyveli Lignite Corporation plans to achieve a total generation capacity of 12,221 <g data-gr-id="19">mw</g> by the end of the 13th <g data-gr-id="18">five year</g> plan in 2022, against 2,990 <g data-gr-id="42">mw</g> at present, a top company official said.
“The corporation expects to achieve a lignite mining capacity of 49 million tonnes per annum (<g data-gr-id="23">mtpa</g>) by that year, compared to 30.60 <g data-gr-id="24">mtpa</g> in the lignite mines of Tamil Nadu / Rajasthan at present,” NLC Chairman-cum-Managing Director B Surender Mohan said. This would result in total power generating capacity going up to about 12,221 <g data-gr-id="25">mw</g> against 2,990 <g data-gr-id="26">mw</g> in NLC-owned power projects in Tamil Nadu / Rajasthan, he added.
Mohan said work is on to erect a 1,000 <g data-gr-id="27">mw</g> unit at Neyveli and another 250 <g data-gr-id="28">mw</g> <g data-gr-id="31">plant</g> in the town. He said the 1,000 <g data-gr-id="29">mw</g> thermal power plant (2x500 <g data-gr-id="30">mw</g>) at Tuticorin, a joint venture between NLC and Tamil Nadu Power Limited, is expected to go on stream in June this year.
The 4,000 <g data-gr-id="22">mw</g> coal-based Sirkali thermal power project in Nagapattinam district is also under the active consideration of NLC and they are constantly pursuing the matter with the state government to get in-principle approval for land allocation, he said.