NTPC dumps Mayawati; to power MP
Agencies Posted online: Mon Jul 12 2010, 16:29 hrs
New Delhi : State-owned NTPC has scrapped its plans to set up a
4,000-MW power plant in Uttar Pradesh over differences with the
Mayawati-led BSP state government, and instead moved the coal-fired
project to Barethi in Madhya Pradesh.
The Madhya Pradesh government has assured land, water and fuel for the
project and NTPC is currently conducting site-specific studies, a
senior company official said.
"We are preparing the feasibility report for the 3,960-MW project at
Barethi in Madhya Pradesh," he said.
Originally, NTPC had planned a 3,960 MW supercritical thermal power
project in Uttar Pradesh on the initiative of Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, who wanted to set up a power plant in the Bundelkhand region.
However, the plans ran into problems over differences with the state
government on usage of electricity generated by the project.
The government had wanted all the power produced from the project for
Uttar Pradesh, while rules permit sale of only 50 per cent of the
electricity generated to the state where the plant is being set up.
The state was also unwilling to make land and water available to the
project. Instead, it wanted the company to set up the project in a
joint venture with the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd, which was
found to be unfeasible, the official said.
Meanwhile, studies at the Barethi site are underway and the project
report is expected by the end of 2010.
The detailed project report (DPR) would be ready by the end of the
calender year, and the project is slated to be commissioned during the
XIIth Five Year Plan Period (2012-17), a source close to the
NTPC, which has power generation capacity of over 30,000 MW from all
sources of energy, is planning to augment it to 50,000 MW by March
Of its total of over 30,000 MW, the company's plants at Uttar Pradesh
contribute about 7,000 MW.
NTPC has five power projects in Uttar Pradesh – Singrauli (2,000 MW),
Rihand (2,000 MW), Dadri (1,330 MW), Unchahar (1,050 MW) and Tanda
(440 MW) -- totalling a capacity of 6,820 MW.
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