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NTPC to build Bundelkhand super thermal power plants

Comprising of four units of 660 mw each and with environment-friendly super critical technology, the project is expected to contribute significantly to the economic and social development of the region.

Speaking on the occasion, Scindia said that the Barethi power project is an important  milestone for the state as well as the entire country. It will help make Bundelkhand  one of the most prosperous regions of Madhya Pradesh, he added.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Power is pursuing APDRP, rural electrification programs to reach power to all as electricity is prime to the country’s growth.  He appreciated NTPC’s efforts in setting up power projects in the country and adding to the wheels of progress in the remote locations.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, ‘I am lucky to be witnessing this historic occasion in Madhya Pradesh.’ He added that Bundelkhand is in need for such projects for its growth and the project will bring prosperity to the Region and help in reducing power deficit in the country.

Power Secretary P K Sinha said the Bundelkhand project would become one of the largest projects of NTPC in the region in the coming years. Appreciating the company’s efforts, he said that the company  is known for its environment-friendly initiatives and CSR whereever it sets up projects and would continue doing so in Bundelkhand.

In his address, NTPC CMD Dr Arup Roy Choudhury said that it is privileged to have gotten this opportunity to  contribute towards the progress of the Bundelkhand region by setting up the power station. Fifty percent of the power generated from the project will be supplied to Madhya Pradesh. The estimated cost of the project is approx Rs 18000 crore and is envisaged to be commissioned in the 13th Plan linked to development of coal mine.

NTPC presently meets about 24 per cent of the total power requirements of Madhya Pradesh allocated from its various stations and has its largest power station in the country Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station of 4,260 MW installed capacity, situated in Singrauli district. With the foundation stone in Bundelkhand, NTPC has over 4,800 MW of capacity under construction in Madhya Pradesh which includes the largest solar power project of 50 mw at Rajgarh, 1,600-mw Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Project in Narsinghpur District, 500-mw project at Vindhyachal and 2640-mw at Barethi, for which the foundation has just been laid.

NTPC, being the largest power utility in the country, has been playing a major role in meeting the power needs of the country and contributing to the economic and social development of the country. The company has been ranked the number one independent power producer globally in the Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company ranking for the year 2013.  NTPC’s operational performance in terms of plant load factor (PLF), availability factor, planned outage and forced outage has been better than most large power stations in the world.
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