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NTPC to expand mining ops at Pakri Barwadih coal mine

State-run power giant NTPC has kicked off the process to expand operations at its Pakri Barwadih coal mine in Jharkhand to achieve annual mining capacity of 18 million tonnes.

Now, the company is scouting for consultant to prepare a feasibility report for North West Quarry of its Pakri Barwadih coal mine, as per its tender notice.

"The company has planned to mine 18 million tonnes of coal per annum. In short term, about 2-3 million tonnes of annual coal production capacity is planned to be achieved by next year," a source said.

NTPC has already started mining operations at the Pakri Barwadih coal mine and the first rake of dry fuel was flagged off by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the presence of Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha earlier last month.

Earlier in 2015 NTPC had appointed a joint venture of Thriveni Earthmovers and Sainik Mining, Thriveni-Sainik, for development of the mine. The coal mined from Pakri Barwadih will be supplied to different power stations of NTPC as basket source. Initially, Barh Power Station of NTPC will be supplied one coal rake daily.

NTPC is playing a major role in meeting the power needs of the country and contributing nearly 24 per cent of electricity generation.

NTPC has a vision to be the world's leading power company, energising India's growth and plans to become 130GW company by 2032.

Power generation up 4.67%

Delivering strong performance on operational front, NTPC Group has registered 4.67 per cent growth in power generation in the current financial year. Four coal stations of NTPC are ranked among the top 5 performing stations in the country in terms of PLF for the 10 month (till Feb 2017) period.

Talcher Thermal, Sipat , Korba and Singrauli with PLF of 92.05 per ent 90.12 per cent, 87.9 per cent and 86.36 per cent respectively are ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the country. Seven NTPC coal stations are among the top 10 performing stations of the country in terms of PLF.

In February 2017, Korba Stage II and Sipat Stage II achieved more than 100 per cent PLF.

On 25th and 26th February, four commercial stages of NTPC stations achieved more than 100 per cent PLF on each day and out of 35 commercial stages of coal stations 17 and 14 stages achieved more than 90 per cent PLF respectively during the period.

NTPC has total installed capacity of 48143 MW from its 19 coal based, 7 gas based, 10 solar PV, one Hydro and 9 Subsidiaries / Joint Venture power stations. The company has capacity of over 23,000 MW under implementation at 23 locations across the country including 4300 MW being undertaken by joint venture and subsidiary companies.

NTPC's First coal mine Pakri-Barwadih at Hazaribagh became operational in December 2016.

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