By BS Reporter
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), the country’s biggest thermal power producer, hopes to start construction work on its 1,600 MW (2x800) coal-fired plant at Darlipalli in western Odisha’s Sundergarh district from January 2013.
The maharatna firm will start work on the super thermal power project soon after getting possession of land from the state government that is expected by December.
“We expect to start construction work on our Darlipalli power project from January 2013. The power project will be commissioned within four years,” said NTPC’s chairman and managing director Arup Roy Choudhury after emerging from a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik, here on Thursday. Odisha will get 50 per cent power from the Darlipalli super thermal plant. This power plant needs 1,652 acres of land. NTPC has secured coal linkage for this project in the form of Dulunga coal block with mine capacity of seven million tonnes per annum (mtpa) under command area of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) and Pakri Barwadih block in Bihar’s Hazaribagh district with 12.5 mtpa. The project cost is estimated at Rs 12,850.07 crore. NTPC has also proposed a 1,600 MW power plant at Gajamara in Dhenkanal.