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NTPC to outsource coal sampling work at Lara STPP

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NTPC Ltd will outsource coal sampling work at its upcoming 1600 MW Super Thermal Power Plant (STPP) at Lara in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, officials informed.

The company is targetting to commission Unit-I of its upcoming 2x800 MW Lara Super Thermal Power Station in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh in 2018, officials informed.

The company is also expected to commence coal production from Talaipalli block in Raigarh district by November 2019, official sources informed.

The company had been granted bridge linkage for seeking coal supply from the Talaipalli block by the Union Coal Ministry.

The scheduled date of start of coal production from the coal block as per the Coal Mines Development and Production Agreement is financial year 2019-20.

The power to be generated by upcoming  NTPC Ltd’s 1600 MW Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) at Lara in Raigarh district will be supplied to Chhattisgarh , Goa and Maharashtra States, officials stated.

The coal requirement for the proposed plant would be met from Talaipalli Coal Block of Mand in Raigarh Coalfields, they stated. NTPC’s upcoming Lara STPP in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh has acquired all necessary clearances from the Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change for the project, officials stated.

The Lara plant of NTPC would be utilising super critical technology for power generation. Moreover, the company is also now looking ahead with the production of coal for about 3 Millon Tonnes of coal in the current financial year, a company press release informed.

After start of coal production and dispatch of coal from Western Quarry of Pakri-Barwadih coal mine in December 2016, NTPC has now started the same from Eastern Quarry of this mine, as well. Already 56,352 tonne of coal has been mined from this quarry.

NTPC, so far, has produced more than 4.6 Lakhs tonnes of coal from Pakri-Barwadih mine and successfully dispatched 58 coal rakes (202480 tonne of coal) to its Barh power station.

In another major development, NTPC has already awarded Mine Developer-cum-Operator (MDO) contract for its Dulanga coal mine, located in the State of Odisha.

The company has been allocated with eight coal blocks, namely, Pakri-Barwadih, Chatti-Bariatu & Chatti-Bariatu(South), Kerandari, Dulanga, Talaipalli, Banai, Bhalumuda and Mandakini-B by Government of India. In addition, Government of India has also allocated Kudanali-Luburi coal block jointly to NTPC and the State of J&K, with NTPC’s share of coal reserves in this block being two-third. From these 10 coal blocks, with a total estimated geological reserves of about 7.3 Billion Metric Tonnes, NTPC expects to produce about 107 Million Metric Tonnes of coal per annum.

Banhardih coal block, allocated earlier to Jharkhand Urja Utpadan Nigam Ltd., is now being assigned to Patratu Vidyut Utapadan Nigam Ltd.(PVUNL), a JV company incorporated between NTPC& Government of Jharkhand.

Notably, the Union Ministry of Coal has also assured Coal India Ltd (CIL) for getting Mand-Raigarh railway line project expedited to facilitate growth in offtake of coal from mines under South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) in Chhattisgarh.

This was against the target of 123.89 million tonnes (MT) - a growth of 11.1 per cent.

Notably, SECL is targetting total coal production of 250 million tonnes (MT)  from its underground and open cast mines by 2019-20, officials stated. SECL recorded coal production (provisional) of 12.10 million tonnes (MT) against target of 11.70 MT as on February 2016, Coal India Ltd (CIL) informed the Bombay Stock Exchange in its filing.

Notably, the Coal India Ltd (CIL) is targetting production of 1 billion tonnes of coal by 2020.

Wagon availability will be a key factor for achieving this target by Coal India Ltd, officials stated.

By signing of the MoU, the Railways and Coal India Ltd will be entering into a strategic partnership which would ensure adequate wagon availability for meeting the transportation needs of coal produced by Coal India Ltd.

Notably, the Central government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding each with the states of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh for critical coal connectivity projects to improve transportation of coal, officials informed.

The Union Railway Budget 2016-17 had put Chhattisgarh on Centre’s high priority list among states for its ambitious dedicated freight corridor project implementation plans.

Meanwhile,the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has commenced the process of  developing the 765kV Wardha-Dichpally-Maheshwaram transmission line in Telangana State for enabling receipt of 1000 MW power supply from Chhattisgarh.

In the month of May last year, the Central government had also notified generation linked projects in Chhattisgarh and Odisha with a view to encouraging participation of Private sector in building the Transmission capacity in India, officials stated.

It had notified 14 power transmission schemes worth Rs. 33,900 crore during 2014-15 across the country.

These transmission schemes includes 765 kV and 400 kV transmission system strengthening schemes in the Northern, Western, Southern, North Eastern Regions  and would facilitate transfer of Power from new Hydro electric projects in Bhutan and the generation linked projects in Chhattisgarh and Odisha etc.

By the end of 12th five year plan, the power generation installed capacity of Chhattisgarh is expected to reach 22,000 Megawatt, officials informed. According to officials, the per capita power consumption in Chhattisgarh has jumped from 300 units to 1,724 units. In the view of increasing powersupply demand, the Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd (CGPGCL) has made an investment of Rs 22,000 crore, officials informed.

Officials further informed that the number of very high-pressure sub-centers and distribution systems have also increased in the State.

They further informed that for the first time gas based very high sub center has been developed in Raipur and in the same way very high sub-centers based on hybrid technology is being used. For ensuring continuous power supply, double transmission-distribution system has been developed in some key areas of the State.




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