Farakka(Murshidabad), Feb 26 (UNI) Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today laid the Foundation of a 500 MW unit(under Stage III)of National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC)'s Farakka Super Thermal Power Project here.
Defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee and Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi along with a host of other dignatories were present on the occasion.
Speaking to a huge gathering after laying the foundation, Mr Shinde said under NTPC's present capacity, additional generation of 500 MW unit, the requirement of coal would be met from Brahmani and Chichro Paternal coal blocks under a 50:50 joint venture between Coal India Limited (CIL)and NTPC.
He said NTPC's Farakka project had a total installed capacity of 1600 MW at present, consisting of three units of 200 MW each (in Stage-1) and two units of 500 MW each (in Stage II). The 500 MW unit of Stage III will be implemented during the 11th plan period, bringing the total capacity of Farakka Project to 2100 MW.
Stating that Farakka power station was consistently operating at a high Plant Load Factor(PLF), the union Power Minister said the total generation during the current fiscal till last month was 9526.32 million units with a PLF of 81.07 per cent and the availability factor was 88.69 per cent.
He said the Farakka power station made the all time high monthly generation of 1154.81 million units in December with a PLF of 97.01 per cent and added that NTPC was currently operating four power stations in Eastern region, having a total capacity of 5900 MW. These include Talcher-Kaniha(3000 MW)and Talcher Thermal (460 MW)in Orissa, Kahalgaon (840 MW) in Bihar, besides Farakka (1600 MW) in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, construction work was on for capacity addition of another 3480 MW unit in Eastern Region at Kahalgaon (1500 MW)and at Barh (1980 MW).In addition two other projects namely North Karanpura (1980 MW) and Nabinnagar (1000 MW) under Joint Venture with Railways were also in the pipeline.
Besides, NTPC Hydro Limited has signed an agreement with the West Bengal State Electricity Board for implementation of 120 MW Rammam Hydro Electric Project in Darjeeling District, Mr Shinde, who recently took over as the Union Power minister said.
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