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NTPC proposes plan for quick capacity addition

Power major proposes an 11-point action plan for quick capacity addition at optimum cost, reports M Rajendran.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 18:39 IST

Power generation major NTPC Ltd has proposed an 11-point action plan for quick capacity addition at optimum cost and to turn around the performance of under-performing power utilities with the help of its ‘partnership in excellence’ (PIE) programme.  

In a presentation made to the Power Ministry recently, NTPC has highlighted the need for the ministry to counsel the state energy departments and heads of the energy utilities for adherence to PIE roadmap. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has been urged to provide resources for an independent technical audit at stations of performance improvement and constraints under the PIE.

NTPC Chairman and Managing Director T Shankaralingam has suggested an action plan that would aim to explore methods to increase power capacity at an optimum cost and turn around the performance of the power utilities within 36 to 48 months. A senior NTPC official said the PIE programme was scheduled till March 2007 but expected to be extended further, for which a request has already been made with the Power Ministry.

"During April-November 2006, NTPC increased its revenue by Rs 470 crore because of the PIE programme, and by March 2007 it aims to add Rs 850 crore. It is estimated that over the last two years its net revenue gain is more than Rs 1,000 crore," said a senior NTPC official on the condition of anonymity.  

NTPC will give thrust to operation and maintenance set-up, introduce clear-defined procurement policy and material management system, monitoring of plant performance and other critical activities under direct supervision of the chairman. In addition, special focus would be given to improvement of human resources.

A reward scheme is also proposed to be introduced under the PIE programme along with induction of young and experienced trainee engineers and posting of professionally strong station heads and operation and maintenance heads.