Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dedicated the 2,980 MW Sipat thermal power project of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to the nation in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh, on Thursday.
Singh also laid the foundation stone of another project of NTPC for super critical power plant of (2x800 MW) – Stage 1 through remote operation here. It is to come up at Lara village in Raigarh some 225 km east from Raipur.
He announced to name the Sipat power station after Rajiv Gandhi, the seventh prime minister of India. The foundation stone of Sipat was laid by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 28 January 2002.
The prime minister said that the Centre has been working to facilitate the technological productions of super critical power plants.
“From the 13th five year plan, the plants based on super critical technologies would only be installed in the country”, the prime minister said.
Sipat power plant is the first project of NTPC to have introduced modern super critical technology that saves coal and environment and enhances the efficiency in power generation.
It is generating electricity from five units – three 660 MW and two 500 MW.
According to the company’s officials, being the part of Western Region II, NTPC Sipat station will provide power to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, J & K, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
Lara Super Thermal Power Project will have an ultimate installed capacity of 4000 MW with five units of 800 MW.
The estimated cost of the first phase of the two units is put at Rs 11,741 crore.
As per the MoU signed between Chhattisgarh government and the NTPC in 2009, the state will get 50 percent of the generated power and the remaining will be shared by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli.
Both Sipat and Lara Project are the part of NTPC’s Western Region-II and are cited to pave the way for achieving self-sufficiency in the region.
Presently, the installed capacity of the region is 9840 MW with three operating stations at Vindhyachal(4260MW), Korba (2600MW) and Sipat (2980 MW).
Further four new projects with total capacity of 7160 MW at Lara, Barethi, Khargone and Gadarwara located in the states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are under different stages of project execution, informed the officials.
Governor Shekhar Dutt, chief minister Raman Singh, union minister of state for power Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chhattisgarh PCC chief and union minister of state for agriculture and food processing Charan Das Mahant and the senior officials were among those present on the occasion.