State-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited will meet 20-25 percent of its total coal requirement from its own mines by 2017, company Chairman and Managing Director T Sankaralingam said in Delhi on Friday.
NTPC has plans to triple its power generation capacity to 75,000 MW by 2017. "The ministry of coal has recently approved a mining plan of 15 million tonnes per annum of coal for Pakri Barwadih, which is the largest-ever capacity of any mining plan approved by the government for the first phase of mining," said Sanakaralingam at a mining meet.
"The environment clearance for the first phase has been obtained, environmental management plan (EMP) report presented to State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and land acquisition formalities are in progress for Pakri Barwadih, the first block allotted to NTPC."
The largest thermal power producer in the country, NTPC has so far been allotted eight coal mining blocks namely Pakri Barwadih, Kerandari, Chattibariatu, Chattrisal, Dulanga, Talaipalli, Brahmini and Chichro Patsimal, including two blocks to be operated by a 50:50 joint venture with state-owned Coal India Ltd.
"By 2017, NTPC hopes to produce around 50 million tonnes of coal, which would meet 20-25 percent of its coal requirement," said Sankaralingam.