Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station

Promoter Assam Power Generating Company Ltd (APGCL)

Location  

Salakati in Kokrajhar district of Assam.

Installed Capacity

240 MW

Fuel

Coal

EPC

NTPC

Date of Commissioning

Unit I : March 1981
Unit II : March 1982
Unit III : May 1985
Unit IV : June 1986

Present Status

All the four units have been shut down. The units were last run upto:
Unit I : June 1991
Unit II : February 2002
Unit III : November 2001
Unit IV : April 1998

Status [May 2007]

Background

Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station is the biggest plant situated at Salakati in the district of Kokrajhar in Assam. It consists of four coal fired units of 60 MW each. These units came into operation during the year 1981 to 1986 in two stages. In the first stage, two units (Unit I & II) were commissioned in 1981 and 1982 respectively. In the second stage, two units (Unit-III & IV) were commissioned in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

Major equipment like boiler, turbine, auxiliaries like BFP, CEP, PA fans, bowl mills etc. were supplied by  BHEL. In coal handling plant, major equipment like primary and secondary crusher were supplied by TRF and wagon trippler was supplied by Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC).

Since commissioning none of the unit could deliver the desired level of generation for various reasons. Some of the main reasons were problem in the boiler, turbine, mill and other unit auxiliaries and also in the coal handling plant. During July 2002, the plant was running at a very low PLF of 4.6%, very high auxiliary power consumption of 22.68% very high specific oil consumption of 59.12 ml/kwhr and height specific coal consumption of 0.85 kg/kwhr with a coal of GCV 500 Kcal/kg. None of the units could deliver the required level of generation and the maximum PLF of the plant in the last twenty years of operation has been only 24.23%. As a result, the station has been under shut down for a long time without any preservation. It has been found that although it is technically feasible to renovate the existing units of BTPS, it would not be economically viable as the tariff works out to about Rs 3.16 per unit after carrying out R&M at an estimated cost of about Rs 7 billion. Hence, capital grant/viability gap funding of Rs 3.5 billion would have to be provided to bring down the tariff to an acceptable level of Rs 2.50 per unit.

The alternative is NTPC's proposal to set up a new 500 MW (2 X 250 MW) Thermal Power Station at the same location, at a total project cost of approximately Rs 30 billion (including IDC & WCM) based on fourth quarter 2005 price level. The power station would be based on Fuel Gas Desulphurization (FGD) technology due to high sulphur content of Assam coal, involving additional cost of Rs 0.5 crores/MW approximately. While all existing infrastructure of BTPS will be transferred to NTPC at nominal cost, there would be no compulsion on NTPC to take the responsibility of the existing employees working in BTPS. Based on this, following is proposed to be done in respect of the project.

List of CIL coal mines in the North Eastern Region for NTPC project

The investment decision for this project would be taken after getting all the requisite clearances, signing of necessary PPAs with the beneficiaries and appraisal in respect of viability of the project by an independent agency. For the impact of Bonagaigaon power project on power supply in Assam Click Here.

Total cost of revival for two units and common station auxiliaries as per NTPC's estimates is approximately Rs 2.31 billion for 120 MW generations (i.e. Rs 1.93 crore per MW) and considering book value of Rs 1.60 billion for the station, the cost shall be as follows:

PLF Fixed Variable Total
40% 231 paise/kwh 281 paise/kwh 511 paise/kwh
80% 107 paise/kwh 199 paise/kwh 306 paise/kwh

BHEL has suggested to ASEB for conversion and upgradation of Unit 1&2 boilers into CFBC boilers and revival of Unit 3 & 4 to original design. Based on BHEL's/ASEB estimate, the cost of power with all four units revived will be as follows:

PLF Fixed Variable Total
40% 199 paise/kwh 100 paise/kwh 299 paise/kwh
80% 100 paise/kwh 162 paise/kwh 262 paise/kwh

The levelised tariff has been worked out to be 513 paise/kwh.

Assumptions

As per actual power supply position during 2004-05, the energy shortfall in Assam is 205 MU. Considering an annual energy demand growth of 7% and an availability of power from forthcoming hydro and gas power stations, the entire North Eastern Region (NER) is expected to be surplus in energy by the Eleventh Plan. Hence, PLF for coal based power stations is likely to be very low due to non-competitive tariff and demand being met from Hydro/Gas stations.

Major Revival works to be done for BTPS units III&IV

Main Plant systems (Units III&IV) :

Coal Handling Plant :

Water systems :

Civil Structured & Buildings:

Oil  systems:

Ash handling systems:

Control & Instrumentation :

Electrical Systems :

Difference between cost estimates of BHEL and NTPC

The cost estimates for the above work has been done both by NTPC and BHEL and the difference between the cost estimates of the two is based on the following:

BHEL has quoted Rs 54 Crores which is based on the following:

Any additional structures or materials other than recorded in BHEL scope shall be provided at extra cost.

Estimated cost of revival for units III&IV including balance of Plant

Estimates as given by NTPC/ASEB which are approximately Rs 2.31 billion includes spares, taxes & duty and contingency  components of Rs 54.30 crores.

Coal Scenario: Use of High Sulphur Coal

The main fuel, coal is transported from eastern Raniganj coal field area, about 950 km from the power station. There has been severe loss of generation due to non availability of coal and due to stones in the coal. The major bottlenecks in the availability of coal to the unit is on account of coal transportation problem due to restriction of single rail track.

Thus, alternative coal is from Margarita and Lido coal mines which are 750 km away from Bongaigaon is being considered. The  landing cost of the coal would be approximately Rs 2300 per MT. Sufficient reserves of coal of around 390 MT would be available. However, these coals have a high sulphur content 3.8% to 4% and GCV is in the range of 6000 Kcal/kg. Further, use of this coal for BTPS had previously resulted in heavy corrosion in CHP, Boiler, Ducts and associated auxiliaries of boiler. Therefore, if Margarita and Lido coal is to be used in future, then, following modification needs to be carried out:

 

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Sterlite Power snags Rs 440 cr debt for Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon project 3/7/2022 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Sterlite Power on Monday said it has secured a debt funding of Rs 440 crore (about $58 million) from Tata Cleantech Capital for its Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon Transmission Limited (NBTL) project .

  • Tata Cleantech claims to be the first private sector climate finance institution in the green banking network.

  • The fundraise comes two months after Sterlite Power Transmission had bought the NBTL project, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) floated by PFC Consulting Ltd for an undisclosed amount in December last year.

  • The project involves construction of around 300 circuit kilometres of transmission lines and a greenfield substation with 320 MVA transformation capacity across the north-eastern terrain of Assam and Meghalaya.

  • Through this SPV acquisition, Sterlite Power said it was looking to execute the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) project, which it had won through tariff-based competitive bidding in October 2021 for Rs 324 crore.

  • “We are pleased to conclude this deal with Tata Cleantech Capital which is a first-of-its-kind climate finance institution that is working towards climate change mitigation in India.

  • Sterlite Power is an active proponent of greening the grid, and we are committed to India’s ambitious RE goal of 500 GW by 2030,” said Pratik Agarwal, Managing Director, Sterlite Power.

  • The Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon project will transmit over 1,000 MW of power from Assam to western parts of Meghalaya, Sterlite Power said.

  • The project will also help in decongesting the downstream networks in the region, improving the quality and reliability of power flow in North-East India, it added.

  • “India’s power transmission sector is playing a critical role in the country’s transition to a net-zero carbon future. Our objective at Tata Cleantech Capital is to support and invest in green energy sectors and the long-term financing of this project is a step in that direction,” said Manish Chourasia, Managing Director, Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd.

  • Sterlite Power, in January 2021, had raised Rs 1,300 crore in debt financing from Germany’s Allianz Global Investors and a subsidiary of an Indian conglomerate, VCCircle had reported.

  • Sterlite Power’s portfolio includes 27 projects across India and Brazil, which are currently under various stages of development, and also a few that have been sold.

  • In 2021, the company had completed NER-II project spanning across the northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura. The company said it is increasing its focus on integrating renewable energy sources to the transmission grids.



 
Sterlite Power acquires Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon transmission project 12/29/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Power transmission infrastructure developer Sterlite Power on Tuesday said it has acquired the Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon inter-state transmission project from PFC Consulting. Nangalbibra-Bongaigaon Transmission Ltd is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

  • Through this SPV, the company will execute the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) project which it won through tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) in October 2021, a company statement said.

  • The company, however, did not disclose the financial details of the transaction.

  • The project involves setting up of around 300 ckt km (Circuit km) of transmission lines network and greenfield substation with 320 MVA transformation capacity across North-Eastern terrain of Assam and Meghalaya.

  • The project will transmit over 1,000 MW of power from Assam to western parts of Meghalaya.

  • The project includes 250 ckt km of 400kV D/c transmission line connecting Bongaigaon in Assam to a greenfield substation at Nangalbibra in Meghalaya, across the river Brahmaputra.

  • It will also include a 220/132 kV substation at Nangalbibra in Meghalaya, and a 50 ckt km of 132kV D/c line connecting Hatsinghmari in Assam to Ampati in Meghalaya.

  • Apart from bringing the additional power flow, the project will also help in decongesting the downstream networks in the region, thereby improving the quality and reliability of power flow in North-East India, the statement said.

  • Sterlite Power now has a portfolio of 27 projects across India and Brazil, which includes projects under various stages of development and those that have been sold.

  • The company has a track record of executing complex projects successfully. Earlier this year, the company had completed the NER-II project spanning across the north-eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura. The company is increasingly focused on integrating renewable energy sources to the transmission grids.

  • Sterlite Power is a leading power transmission infrastructure developer and solutions provider with projects covering approximately 13,700 circuit kms of transmission lines across India and Brazil.



 
IntelliSmart wins order for 600,000 smart pre-paid meters in Assam 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • IntelliSmart, a joint venture between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIF) and state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), has won an order for installing 600,000 smart pre-paid meters from Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd. (APDCL).

  • Creating a smart meter architecture minimizes human intervention in the billing and collection process and helps reduce theft by identifying loss pockets. It requires a two-way communication network, control centre equipment and software applications that enable near real-time gathering and transfer of energy usage information.

  • “IntelliSmart Infrastructure Private Limited (IntelliSmart), a joint venture of National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), has secured its first order to install more than 6 lakh pre-paid smart meters in 19 circles of Assam. This becomes country’s first ever competitively bid smart metering project by any State on Totex mode (capex + opex) and Assam gets the distinction of leading the smart metering drive of the country on competitive model," IntelliSmart said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • This comes in the backdrop of India rolling out the world’s largest electricity smart metering programme to reduce power theft and help the country’s struggling distribution utilities become more efficient. India aims to replace 250 million conventional meters with smart ones.

  • “As part of the project awarded by Government of Assam through APDCL, IntelliSmart will implement the project in Totex mode under the Design Build Finance Own Operate and Transfer (DBFOOT) arrangement and maintain the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system for a total contract period of about 9 years. The project will be undertaken in Nagaon, Morigaon, KANCH, Cachar, Badarpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, GEC-I, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Rangia, Mangaldoi, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur and GEC-II circles of Assam," the statement added.

  • This comes in the backdrop of discoms traditionally being the weakest link in the electricity value chain, plagued by low collections, rise in power purchase cost, inadequate tariff hikes and subsidy disbursement, and mounting dues from government departments.

  • “This is a proud moment for us as we secure first ever competitively bid smart metering project of the country. This shall entail an investment of about 500 Crs in the state for enabling smart metering in pre-paid mode and would usher the transformation in the power distribution in Assam through the digitalization process," Anil Rawal, MD & CEO, IntelliSmart said in the statement.

  • The country’s smart meter programme has also been garnering interest from large corporates, including Reliance Industries Ltd, which plans to leverage its telecom business to offer meter data collection, communication cards, telecom and cloud-hosting services to power distribution companies. French state-run power utility Electricite de France SA has also been involved in installing 5 million smart meters in India.



 
NTPC invites bids for importing 2 million tonne coal 10/22/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • India's largest thermal power producer, NTPC, has issued an 'invitation for bids' (IFB) for procuring 2 Million Tonne (MT) of imported coal. In two separate notices, the generating company (genco) has invited bids for its own power plants and for DVC, 1 MT each.

  • The move comes in wake of ongoing coal shortage in the country with the average coal stock level at power units being 4 days. The Centre now claims the situation is under control with demand cooling off and enhanced domestic coal supply from Coal India Ltd, power units are planning for high demand festive months ahead, said a sector executive.

  • However, the cost of coal in the global market has shot up with current rates around Rs 12,000 per tonne. According to industry calculation, this increases power generation cost by Rs 0.50-0.75 per unit. This is passed on to electricity costs paid by the power distribution companies (discoms).

  • While the Union Ministry of Power and Coal initially denied reports of coal shortage and an electricity supply crisis, the Centre later asked thermal power generators to import coal for at least 10 per cent blending, citing shortage of domestic coal supply.

  • The company in its IFB mentioned it has requirement of 1MT imported coal of for its power plants - Talcher-Kaniha, Mouda, Farakka-Kahalgaon, Simhadri, Dadri, Solapur, Kudgi, Unchahar, Tanda, Korba, Sipat, Lara, Darlipalli, Barh, Bongaigaon, Barauni, Gadarwara, Vindhyachal, Rihand, Singrauli, Khargone, Ramagundam.

  • Similar IFB has been issued for DVC power plants on behalf of NTPC. The company will hold a reverse auction of successful bidders to finalise the supplier.

  • NTPC is issuing IFB to import coal after a hiatus of at least two years. In August this year when a coal shortage gripped the power sector, NTPC had imported close to 2.7 MT, which it said was "leftover quantity from earlier contracts."

  • Earlier this month, The Centre asked thermal power generators to import coal for at least 10 per cent blending, citing shortage of domestic coal supply. This is a sharp reversal of its earlier directive of using domestic coal.

  • "Thermal power plants based on domestic coal will use imported coal of up to 10 per cent for blending with domestic coal, wherever technically feasible, to meet the increased power demand in the country. Power generation companies (gencos) shall expedite the process of importing coal for blending to meet the requirement,” stated the notification on October 12.

  • When the crisis started in August with a coal supply shortfall, the Union power ministry earlier urged gencos to "consider import of coal".

  • Since August, coal stock levels at thermal units have dwindled. Currently, 29 Gw of power generation capacity has one day of coal stock and 22 Gw has less than three days of coal, according to the National Power Portal.



 
Tripura: 726.6 MW power producing state faces load shedding problem 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Tripura, where it's first 726.6 MW thermal power plant established with the help of investment at amount of Rs 10,000 crore by government and continuing supply of 100 MW power to Bangladesh but locals of the state reported biggest problem due to frequent load shedding.

  • Sharing this information, a section of locals under Bagma, Khupilong, Bagabasha, Barobhaiya, Karoiyamura, Khamarbari, Atharobhola, Tepaniya, Shalgara, Amtali and others area of Tripura said load shedding problem is very common now.

  • Gomati District where Palatana Power Plant is established and a 400 KV D/C Transmission system connecting the OTPC power plant in Tripura to Bongaigaon in north-eastern state Assam but the problem of frequent load shedding in different places of the state hasn't been solved yet.

  • Ratan Bhowmik, Ex-Minister and present MLA of Tripura Legislative Assembly also said load shedding problem is very common in the state yet in the rural and urban areas too but the condition of rural tribal areas is more serious. The shortage of staffs due to lack of appointment, vehicle shortage in electric offices to provide services and other things.

  • An officials source of electric department informed to Kiran Bhowmik, UNI Stinger that the low condition of infrastructure, lack of funds for maintenance, vehicle shortage, non-avaiability of staffs due to less numbers of recruitment and also lack of planning for containment measures to provide good service for the consumers.

  • A few days ago, a total of 987 liters milk damaged at milk storage centre of Bagma Agri Producer Company Limited (BAPCL) office in Bagma due to frequent case of loadsheding and reported loss at amount of Rs: 53,768.

  • A 33/11 KV electric substation inaugurated at Bagma area by Jishnu Debbarma, Minister of Power for Government of Tripura and a total of 8000 and more consumers are coming under Bagma substation. The consumers suffer due to problem of frequent load shedding.

  • In course of conversation with officials of Bagma electric substation under Udaipur Subdivision of Tripura's Gomati District said office house at Bagma inaugurated by minister without any furniture, vehicle and sufficient numbers of staffs. As there are limitations of infrastructure, the officials are facing critical problem to provide electric service.

  • On Tuesday, a section of people have rised their voice under different areas of Udaipur subdivision in Tripura's Gomati District that they totally oppressed and failed to do necessary works due to frequent load shedding problem. A large section of people asking about protection on consumers right to get electric service without any load shedding.

  • Load shedding free electric supply essential and necessary for all because dependency on electric increasing day by day in rural areas as well as urban areas.

  • Referring the consumers benefits, the state government may issue an order in view to take all the necessary steps by the department to develop the condition with an eye to providing load shedding free electric service for all in rural areas as well as urban areas too.



 
NTPC Bongaigaon starts COVID Care Center 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • State-run power giant NTPC on Wednesday said a COVID Care centre has been made operational at NTPC Bongaigaon, in Assam. Continuing its effort against COVID, NTPC Bongaigaon Medical Cell on Wednesday made the NTPC Bongaigaon COVID Care centre operational in association with Apollo Telehealth Services, a power ministry statement said.

  • It was inaugurated by Subrata Mandal, CGM, NTPC on May 25, 2021.

  • The COVID care centre is equipped with 10 COVID beds, each equipped with a multipara monitor for continuous monitoring of temperature, SPO2, heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate.

  • One e-ICU which is equipped with invasive ventilators, multi-channel bedside monitor, webcam and LED television connected to Apollo, Chennai for real-time monitoring of critically ill patients are also being installed in the centre.

  • Besides, 2 BiPAP machines for non-invasive ventilation, seven oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders for oxygen support, point-of-care diagnostics for assessment of d-dimer, troponin, CRP, ABG and ECG, two cart on wheels for easy accessibility of emergency medicines and equipment such as pulse oximeter, IR thermometers etc. makes the centre well equipped to deal with any kind of exigency.

  • Moreover, two kiosks for sample collection, six doctors and 10 nurses will be providing round the clock services to the patients, the statement said.



 
Assam: NTPC Bongaigaon becomes the new nest for migratory birds 5/10/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • NTPC Bongaigaon (3 x 250 MW) in Assam has become the new nest for migratory birds. The ash dyke area of the region has become the preferred corner for the migratory birds, tucked amidst the lap of nature.

  • NTPC believes in maintaining a sustainable ecosystem and arrival of these migratory birds is testimony to the fact that apart from powering the nation, NTPC power plants also plays a pivotal role in conserving and preserving nature.

  • Sustainable and effective ash utilization is one of the top priority for NTPC.

  • The station has made sincere efforts to capture movement of the new members of NTPC Bongaigaon through a short film, ‘Bringing Life to the Ashes’, on the occasion of World Migratory Birds Day. The film was released, virtually, among the internal audience by Sunil Kumar Satya, RED (ER-II) and BUH (Darlipalli) through MS Teams.

  • Various measures have been undertaken by the station for protecting, conserving and restoring the ecosystem which has become the nestling ground for more than 10 species of migratory birds. These birds can be seen flocking in the waters of the ash dyke area of the station, bringing life to the ashes.

  • With minimal human interference, these birds have chosen the bio-diversified region as their ‘winter home’. The region has spotted rare species like White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Grey-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus), Ferruginous Pochard (Aythya nyroca), River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Indian Cormorant (Plalacrocorax fuscicollis), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Barn Shallow (Hirundo rustica), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), making NTPC Bongaigaon a safe haven for the feathered friends. Besides the migratory birds, the ask dyke region is also the preferred playground for the local species to flock around.



 
Dhaka seeks Indian hydropower in exchange of transmission facility 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Bangladesh currently imports 1,000MW of power from West Bengal’s Baharampur through Bheramara and 140MW from Tripura through Akhaura

  • Dhaka has re-floated the idea of getting a share of Indian hydropower, letting the neighbour set up transmission lines from its north-eastern Arunachal Pradesh to north-western regions through Bangladesh, foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Sunday.

  • Talking to BSS, Momen said that during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent Bangladesh visit, he proposed the idea for mutual benefit as Arunachal Pradesh and adjacent north-eastern Indian regions were sources of huge quantum of untapped renewable energy.

  • “We expressed our interest and I told him [Modi] that you now need to spend a huge amount of money to transmit hydropower from India’s north-eastern to north-western region while you can use our plain land to reduce the cost,” he said.

  • Quoting Modi, he said India was planning to explore all hydropower potentials in Arunachal Pradesh and other north-eastern states.

  • According to the foreign minister, Modi also said India had already consulted with different financial institutes including the World Bank regarding prospects of the hydropower.

  • Momen said Bangladesh expected to get 20-25% of the hydropower to be transmitted through the high voltage gridline passing through its territory.

  • The foreign minister said Bangladesh wanted to take a lead role in South Asia on the connectivity front by setting up several power transmission corridors alongside optimizing the use of its waterways through all 54 transboundary rivers with India.

  • Bangladesh currently imports around 1,000MW of power from Indian West Bengal’s Baharampur through Bheramara and 140MW from north-eastern Indian state of Tripura through Akhaura.

  • Possible routes

  • The seventh meeting of the Joint Steering Committee on India-Bangladesh cooperation in energy sector had submitted a report in 2014 saying India could transmit power from Assam to its north-western regions using three routes including Bangladesh’s Boropukuria of Dinajpur or Jamalpur.

  • According to the report, the transmission line with the capacity of 6,000MW in Bangladesh may be 100km in length if it is built in Boropukuria and 200km if is installed in Jamalpur while a substation would be built on each route.

  • Two possible routes of the transmission line are — from Assam’s Bonga through Baropukuria (Dinajpur) or Jamalpur to Bihar’s Punia and from Assam’s Shilchar via Meghna Ghat-Bheramara to West Bengal.

  • The report, however, did not mention the third transmission corridor.

  • Bangladesh’s Power Division officials said the country could benefit by allowing the Indian transmission line through its territory also from the wheeling charge alongside buying 20-25% of the total power to be transmitted.

  • Momen said Bangladesh wanted to entirely phase out the use of fossil fuel as energy sources, exploring renewable sources in view of its commitment to the climate change issue.

  • “We do not have that many sources of renewable energy as wind power is not feasible here and solar panels are very expensive … so hydropower is the ultimate way of getting it,” he said.

  • US investment

  • Momen noted that the Biden administration had re-joined the Paris Agreement and planned to make huge investments on technology transfer and to transfer the power sector to green energy.

  • “When [US special presidential envoy for climate] John Kerry visited Dhaka earlier this month, we sought US investment and technology in the renewable energy sector here,” he said.

  • The foreign minister suggested that the US could invest in South Asian hydroelectric sector heavily under its climate change mitigation measures through a tripartite agreement with Bangladesh and India.

  • Untapped potential

  • According to Indian North Eastern Electric Power Corporation, the Indian north-eastern region has the potential of about 58,971MW power, almost 40% of India’s total hydropower potentials.

  • At present, India has a total potential of 145,320MW hydropower but only 45,399.22MW of the quantum was being tapped.

  • Indian think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in a study report last year said only 18 projects above the capacity of 25MW were now under construction across Northeast in 2019.

  • This had prompted Dhaka to plan on setting up a massive transmission line that will be able to transmit around 20,000MW of electricity, said a foreign ministry official familiar with the issue.

  • Dhaka believes that there can be such high-capacity interconnectors in Tripura-Comilla, Bongaigaon (Assam)-Jamalpur/Dinajpur-Purnea (Bihar), Shilchar (Assam) and Fenchuganj, he said.

  • Bangladesh has been looking forward to massive electricity exchanges in the region involving India, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar since the last decade.

  • Officials said Nepal and Bhutan have the potential to generate 30,000MW hydropower and thus Bangladesh has initiated joint investment projects among Bangladesh-India-Nepal and Bangladesh-India-Bhutan.



 
For first time, NTPC Bongaigaon's output crosses installed capacity 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM
 
  • The output of state-run power major NTPC's Bongaigaon plant in Assam has crossed its installed capacity of 750 MW for the first time since the commissioning of all its units two years ago, an official statement said on Sunday. The plant achieved more than 100 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF) for the first time since all the three units were commissioned in March 2019, it said.

  • "The station achieved the highest-ever generation of 18.2499 MUs (million units) on March 18, 2021 with 101.39 per cent PLF," NTPC Bongaigaon Senior Manager Madhurjya Singha Lahkar said in a statement.

  • Units I and II have crossed 100 per cent and Unit III achieved a PLF of 98.5 per cent, he said.

  • The total installed capacity of the plant is 750 MW, which is equivalent to 18 million units. PLF is the generated capacity against the installed capacity.

  • "NTPC's group generation also exceeded 300 BUs (billion units) in the current financial year 2020-21. NTPC group companies have generated 300.8 BUs till March 19 in the current financial year," the statement said.

  • This is higher by 6.9 per cent compared to the same period last year, it said.

  • NTPC Bongaigaon in western Assam was set up at a total investment of Rs 8,149 crore.

  • The plant's Unit-I was commissioned on April 1, 2016, while the other two units were commissioned on November 1, 2017 and March 26, 2019.



 
India's Adani, NTPC sought extension of deadlines to curb coal plant emissions -documents 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Top Indian coal-fired power generators Adani Power and NTPC Ltd have sought two-to-three-year extensions of deadlines to install emissions-cutting equipment at some plants, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, even as the country battles rampant pollution.

  • The requests mean the two biggest power producers in India are pressuring the government to delay emissions targets for a second time, citing costs and technical difficulties, even as the country chokes on some of the worst smog on the planet.

  • Highlighted in correspondences over the past year reviewed by Reuters, the requests haven't previously been made public. They could set battle lines between the power industry and the environment ministry ahead of a key Supreme Court case on power plant emissions due in February.

  • India already extended its original December 2017 deadline for utilities to meet tighter new emissions standards, after extensive lobbying by the coal-fired power industry. The country now has a has a phased timetable - from end-2019 to end-2022 - and many coal-fired plants around New Delhi are operating despite missing deadlines, and want a further extension.

  • Adani Power wants to extend the timeline for stricter emissions rules at two units in a central Indian plant by about three years to March 2023, citing a change of ownership, the documents show. Adani bought the assets from the GMR group last year.

  • "It is requested to kindly extend the flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) installation schedule for Raikheda thermal power plant OF GMR Chattisgarh Energy Ltd to 31-March-2023," Adani said in a letter addressed to the federal pollution regulator in July. FGD equipment is used to reduce emissions of gases known to cause lung diseases.

  • Neither Adani nor the regulator responded to requests for comment on the extension application, which is still being considered by the environment ministry.

  • Thermal power companies like Adani, which produce three-quarters of the country's electricity, account for some 80% of India's industrial emissions of gases linked to lung diseases, acid rain and smog. But more than half of the coal-fired power plants ordered to retrofit equipment to cut emissions are set to miss deadlines.

  • "The way FGD technology is being forced upon the industry is not practically sustainable," Rajiv Agrawal, secretary of the Indian captive power producers association, told Reuters on Tuesday. Captive plants produce power for their own use and account for about a sixth of the country's electricity generation capacity.

  • State-run NTPC Ltd, India's largest electricity generator, has sought to extend the deadline by up to two years at its Bongaigaon eastern Indian plant, according to the documents reviewed by Reuters.

  • India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA), which advises the federal power ministry, recommended that NTPC's request be passed on the environment ministry.

  • "The Ministry of Power may take up the matter with Ministry of Environments, Forests and Climate Change for providing exemption to NTPC to run units at its Bongaigaon Thermal Power Plant," the climate change division of the CEA said in a letter last year.

  • The Ministry of Power already wants to extend deadlines for some economically stressed power plants.

  • The CEA has also asked the power ministry to request the environment ministry to extend timelines for captive power plants.

  • Neither the CEA nor the two ministries were immediately available for comment.



 
New NTPC technology to cut Dadri pollution 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • The capital ’s airshed management will receive a boost with state-run generation utility National Capital Power Station (NTPC) introducing online coal analysers at its Dadri power plant near Delhi as part of a larger plan to reduce ash and other pollutants such as sulphur in emission from its thermal units.

  • The 1,820MW power station is located in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Delhi. The plant is a major source of electricity for the capital and its emission has a bearing on the city’s ambient air quality.

  • Called All Scan Elemental, the analysers from RTI (Real Time Instruments), a diversified Australian company specialising in online analysis of bulk material, are also being introduced in NTPC’s Unchahar plant in UP, Kahalgaon in Bihar, Bongaigaon in Assam, Farakka in West Bengal and Mouda in Maharashtra.

  • The analysers monitor coal quality in real time as the fuel is fed into the plant’s boiler-furnace by conveyor belts. Broadly, the system monitors parameters such as ash, sulphur, moisture and energy density, or heat content of coal.

  • Real time input helps power plants to maintain fuel quality — by blending higher grade of coal, if needed — to run plants efficiently. This ultimately reduces pollution by way of lowering ash and sulphur content in emission and also improves economic viability of the plant.

  • The analysers will help NTPC power plants to stay within the 34% maximum ash content limit for coal set by the ministry of environment and forests.



 
Australian firm to help NTPC reduce pollution from power plants 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Delhi’s airshed management will receive a boost with state-run generation utility NTPC introducing online coal analysers at its Dadri power plant near the national capital as part of a larger plan to reduce ash and other pollutants such as sulphur content in emission from its thermal units.

  • The 1820-MW (mega watt) power station is located in Gautam Budh Nagar district of UP adjoining Delhi. The plant is a major source of electricity for the national capital and its emission has a bearing on the city’s ambient air quality.

  • Called All Scan Elemental, the analysers from RTI (Real Time Instruments), a diversified Australian company specialising in online analysis of bulk material, are also being introduced in NTPC’s Unchahar plant in UP, Kahalgaon in Bihar, Bongaigaon in Assam, Farakka in West Bengal and Mouda in Maharashtra.

  • The analysers monitor coal quality in real time as the fuel is fed into the plant’s boiler-furnace by conveyor belts. Broadly, the system monitors parameters such as ash, sulphur, moisture and energy density, or heat content of coal.

  • Real time input helps power plants to maintain fuel quality — by blending higher grade of coal, if needed — to run plants efficiently. This ultimately reduces pollution by way of lowering ash and sulphur content in emission and also improves economic viability of the plant.

  • The analysers will help NTPC power plants to adhere to the 34% maximum ash content limit for coal set by the ministry of environment and forests. In 2014, the ministry had barred rail-fed power plants, situated at a distance of more than 500 kms from coal mines, from using fuel with more than 34% ash content on a quarterly basis.

  • In the absence of online analysers, power plants have to depend on lab tests of samples, which takes 24 hours.



 
Australian firm to help NTPC reduce pollution from power plants 9/14/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Delhi’s airshed management will receive a boost with state-run generation utility NTPC introducing online coal analysers at its Dadri power plant near the national capital as part of a larger plan to reduce ash and other pollutants such as sulphur content in emission from its thermal units.

  • The 1820-MW (mega watt) power station is located in Gautam Budh Nagar district of UP adjoining Delhi. The plant is a major source of electricity for the national capital and its emission has a bearing on the city’s ambient air quality.

  • Called All Scan Elemental, the analysers from RTI (Real Time Instruments), a diversified Australian company specialising in online analysis of bulk material, are also being introduced in NTPC’s Unchahar plant in UP, Kahalgaon in Bihar, Bongaigaon in Assam, Farakka in West Bengal and Mouda in Maharashtra. The analysers monitor coal quality in real time as the fuel is fed into the plant’s boiler-furnace by conveyor belts. Broadly, the system monitors parameters such as ash, sulphur, moisture and energy density, or heat content of coal. Real time input helps power plants to maintain fuel quality — by blending higher grade of coal, if needed — to run plants efficiently. This ultimately reduces pollution by way of lowering ash and sulphur content in emission and also improves economic viability of the plant.

  • The analysers will help NTPC power plants to adhere to the 34% maximum ash content limit for coal set by the ministry of environment and forests. In 2014, the ministry had barred rail-fed power plants, situated at a distance of more than 500 kms from coal mines, from using fuel with more than 34% ash content on a quarterly basis. In the absence of online analysers, power plants have to depend on lab tests of samples, which takes 24 hours.



 
Assam on alert after Bhutan releases excess water from hydro power dam 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Several flood-affected districts in lower Assam are on alert following the release of excess water from the dam of Kurichhu hydropower plant in Bhutan early on Thursday morning.

  • In Barpeta district, the administration has sounded a red alert for people residing on the banks of the Beki and Pahumara rivers appealing them to move to higher and safer locations.

  • The Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC) of Bhutan, which runs the 60MW Kurichhu project in eastern Bhutan, had announced on Tuesday that it would release excess water from the 55 metre tall dam.

  • Since the released water would flow to neighbouring districts in Assam, administrations in these areas have alerted residents and have initiated necessary measures to tackle emergencies.

  • “As per our information, DGPC released water at 3:00 am and 5:00 am on Thursday morning. The released water will take several hours to reach us, but we are on alert,” said Barpeta deputy commissioner Munindra Sarma.

  • Besides Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang, Bongaigaon and parts of Kamrup districts are likely to be affected by the release of water from the Bhutan dam.

  • As per DGPC, the company opened the gates of the dam by 7 metres and 10 metres respectively on Thursday morning releasing around 1200 cubic metres of water per second.

  • “Both the state and national disaster response forces are on alert, Army personnel are on standby and people residing near Beki river have been alerted,” said Bhaskar Pegu, deputy commissioner of Baksa district.

  • Over 34 lakh people in 20 districts of Assam are still affected by floods and 75 people have lost their lives till date. Over 2 lakh displaced people are still living in 933 relief camps.



 
NTPC tempers growth in coal-fired capacities, meets under 25percent of FY19 goal 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • The country’s sagging growth in new capacity additions in coal-fired power seemed to have rubbed on state controlled NTPC Ltd, the largest power generator.

  • Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, the country had added as much as 20 Gw of coal-fired power each year. The growth has subsided over the past three years, with last fiscal adding a net capacity of only 1.2 Gw.

  • According to a study by US-based research organisation, Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA), NTPC too has jumped on the bandwagon of tepid additions in coal-based power. In 2018-19, NTPC signalled intentions of abandoning coal-based projects amounting to 9.3 Gw in Andhra Pradesh (Pudimadaka & Simadhri), West Bengal (Katwa) and Odisha (Gajamara). As per IEEFA’s calculations, NTPC could manage just 1,160 Mw capacity addition, less than a quarter of its envisaged target of 4,740 Mw for 2018-19. NTPC’s subdued growth betrays its robust balance sheet and operational prowess to risk building new thermal power capacities.

  • NTPC officials were not immediately available for comment.

  • In the last two months of FY19, NTPC put on stream three new generation facilities- Unit 3 (250 Mw) of Nabinagar in Bihar, Unit 3 (250 Mw) of Bongaigaon (Assam) and a supercritical unit (660 Mw) at Solarpur (Maharashtra). Alongside organic growth, NTPC marched on the inorganic route, acquiring the Barauni Thermal Power Station (720 MW) from Bihar State Power Generation Company in December 2018. The power station has two operational units of 110 MW each and two units of 250 MW under construction.

  • NTPC’s growth, though, was punctuated by the retirement of its 705 Mw Badarapur plant in Delhi during October 2018 and this meant addition of only 455 Mw of net coal-based power capacity added during FY19.

  • For India as a whole, the retirement of 2.1 GW of thermal power plants during the year (1.9 GW of coal and 0.2 GW of gas capacity) is a clear sign of things to come, the report noted.

  • In line with India’s National Electricity Plan 2018, 49 Gw of end of life coal-fired plants are proposed to be retired through FY2026-27 to curb emissions from older, polluting units. India’s thermal power sector is in the throes of a crisis, burdened with an enormous $60 billion in stranded assets.

  • “The continued decline in thermal capacity additions is the result of a fundamental change in electricity market dynamics driven by competition from cheaper renewable energy sources. Lack of policy clarity and power evacuation infrastructure, the imposition of trade duties on imported solar modules, and the high number of tender cancellations materially tempered the momentum in renewable generation capacity as well”, said Kashish Shah, energy analyst and Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies (Australasia), IEEFA.



 
Continued decline in Indian thermal capacity additions 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • India’s financial year (FY) 2018-19 was marked by a record slowdown in thermal generation capacity additions in the electricity sector.

  • From the highs of 20 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power plants commissioned every year between FY13 to FY16, net capacity additions from coal over the past three years have been 7 GW, 5 GW and 1.2 GW, respectively.

  • The FY19 net capacity additions for coal account for 3.3 GW of new capacity added during the financial year minus 2.1 GW of capacity retired up to 11 months (plant retirement data is not yet published for March 2019).

  • The continued decline in thermal capacity additions is the result of a fundamental change in electricity market dynamics driven by competition from cheaper renewable energy sources.

  • Lack of policy clarity and power evacuation infrastructure, the imposition of trade duties on imported solar modules, and the high number of tender cancellations materially tempered the momentum in renewable generation capacity as well.

  • Only 6.7 GW of renewable capacity was added until February 2019 compared to 12 GW added during the previous financial year.

  • IEEFA views the slowdown in renewable capacity additions as temporary -- a “shock” from short-term headwinds rather than a trend.

  • Renewable energy tendering activity is still exhibiting the pace required to achieve the government’s ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable capacity by FY22.

  • According to the Ministry of Renewable Energy’s recent statement, 75 GW of renewable capacity has been installed, 28 GW auctioned and 38 GW of capacity is under various stages of tendering and bidding. Further, more than 95 per cent of awarded variable renewable capacity last year came in at sub-Rs3 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

  • India’s timely transition to a low-cost, lower-emission, domestic-focussed electricity sector is inevitable.

  • New Global Energy Monitor (GEM) data released in January 2019 showed that state-owned thermal power giant NTPC proposed more than one-fifth of the country’s pipelined capacity that currently lies in various pre-construction stages.

  • NTPC also owns 42 per cent (15 GW) of India’s total coal-fired capacity currently under construction.

  • Looking at the disarray in India’s thermal power plant (TPP) sector, which carries a massive $60 billion of stranded assets, only a state-owned giant like NTPC has the balance sheet, political clout and operational prowess to risk building new thermal power capacity.

  • NTPC has also signalled intentions to abandon 9.3 GW of coal-fired projects during FY19 alone.

  • IEEFA calculates that NTPC commissioned new coal-fired capacity of 1,160 megawatts (MW) during the financial year — just one quarter of its target of 4,740 MW for FY19.

  • Three new generation facilities were commissioned during the past two months of the financial year -- Unit 3 of Nabinagar TPP (250 MW) in Bihar, Unit 3 of Bongaigaon TPP (250 MW) in Assam and Unit 2 of Solarpur STPP (660 MW) in Maharashtra, which was commissioned on the second last day of the year.

  • NTPC also acquired the Barauni Thermal Power Station (720 MW) from Bihar State Power Generation Company in December 2018. The power station has two operational units of 110 MW each and two units of 250 MW under construction.

  • Retiring the end-of-life 705 MW Badarpur power plant in New Delhi during October 2018 meant only 455 MW of net new capacity was added by NTPC during the year.

  • For India as a whole, the retirement of 2.1 GW of thermal power plants during the year (1.9 GW of coal and 0.2 GW of gas capacity) is a clear sign of things to come.

  • India’s National Electricity Plan 2018 (NEP) directs 49 GW of end-of-life coal-fired power plants to be retired over the period to FY27, within which, NEP identifies power plants lacking enough space to implement flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) for emission control to also be retired.

  • Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved four long-delayed power projects worth Rs 31,000 crore ($4.4 billion). According to GEM data, there are 93 GW of coal-fired power plants in the pipeline, roughly the same new capacity that NEP prescribes to be commissioned by FY27.

  • If end-of-life thermal plant closures are to be maintained, the government of India might look to fast-track some of these long-delayed projects. Doing this would keep up with a sustained 5 per cent annual electricity production growth (accounted after reduced grid losses on 6 per cent electricity demand growth) induced by 7 per cent annual GDP growth, and now supported by the massive rural electrification effort.

  • An alternative, potentially lower-cost and cleaner strategy would be quadrupling annual variable renewable energy installs in line with the elevated tendering of the last year.

  • For this to be sustainable in terms of grid integration, it would require a long term time-of-day pricing signal to incentivise accelerated deployment of peaking capacity (using pumped hydro-storage, batteries, demand-response management and gas-peakers), and a sustained national grid capacity expansion.

  • Reflecting on capacity growth stalling, plant-load factors (PLFs) during the 11-month period to February 2019 improved from 59.3 per cent in FY18 to 60.9 per cent in FY19, supporting electricity production growth of 5.5 per cent for the same period.

  • Generation from renewable sources for the 11-month period was up 25 per cent.

  • This shows that incremental electricity demand is increasingly being served through cheaper renewable energy sources.

  • The sluggish rate of thermal capacity additions validates two important phenomena for a sector fending for survival.

  • Firstly, future electricity markets will increasingly be technology-agnostic with the cheapest domestic source taking over the market share. Secondly, coal-fired power plants will have to adapt and add value by offering flexible demand response management and peak-demand power supply.

  • In IEEFA’s view, the cost competitiveness and bankability of a new coal-fired power plant has become more questionable than ever.

  • Whilst coal will remain a significant part of India’s electricity system for decades to come, its role in the system needs an overhaul.

  • The electricity sector will have to be supported by improved coal supply, short-term power purchase agreements, and ‘time-of-day’ pricing mechanisms in order to encourage flexible operation as renewables increasingly supply all the new incremental demand growth in the system.



 
NTPC adds over 1 gw of power capacity in a month 3/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • State power producer NTPC said the second unit of its Solapur Super Thermal Power Station will get commissioned on Saturday, thereby adding over 1 gw of generation capacity to the grid in the last one month.

  • The second unit of this power station of 660 mega watt (mw) was under construction for the last few years.

  • On Wednesday, India's largest power producer announced that "Unit 2 of 660 mw of Solapur Super Thermal Power Station (2 X 660 MW) will be declared on commercial operation w.e.f 00:00 Hrs of 30.03.2019."

  • On having commissioned the second unit, the commercial capacity of Solapur Super Thermal Power Station would be 1,320 mw, as the first unit of 660 mw is already operational.

  • Likewise, NTPC's power generation capacity would also go up to 45,725 mw and NTPC Group's capacity will touch 52,866 mw.

  • Earlier this week, the third unit of Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project (in Assam) of 250 mw had also commenced the commercial operation. Thus, taking the total generation capacity at this power project to 750 mw.

  • On February 20, another 250 mw capacity was added through Nabinagar Thermal Power Project's (in Bihar) Unit 4. The power plant is NTPC's subsidiary – Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Ltd.

  • Taking into consideration the three capacity additions, NTPC has added 1,160 mw or 1.16 gw of power generation capacity in the past one month.

  • On Wednesday, NTPC had announced that it raised $$450 million or nearly Rs 3,105 crore, through a five-year bond offering in the international markets.A day before, the company had launched a $6 billion, or around Rs 41,400 crore, issue under the Medium-Term Notes (MTN) programme.

  • As per the plans, NTPC intends to utilise the proceeds of this issue to fund its ongoing and new power projects, coal mining projects, acquisition of power plants and renovation and modernisation of power stations in India.

  • Power-Packed

  • The second unit of 660 mw of Solapur Super Thermal Power Station will get commissioned on Saturday

  • NTPC’s power generation capacity would go up to 45,725 megawatt



 
NTPC Bongaigaon Plant's 3rd Unit to Begin Commercial Operation from Midnight 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM
 
  • State-owned power giant NTPC on Monday said unit-3 of Bongaigaon thermal power project with 250 MW capacity will begin commercial operation from midnight, which will increase the plant's generation capacity to 750 MW.

  • The two units of 250 MW each of Bongaigaon project in Assam have already been made operational in June 2016 and March 2017. The total capacity of the project is 750 MW (250MWX3).

  • "Unit 3 of 250 MW of Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project (3 X 250 MW) will be declared on commercial operation from 00:00 Hrs of March 26, 2019," a company statement said.

  • According to the statement, with this, the commercial capacity of Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project, NTPC and NTPC Group will become 750 MW, 45,065 MW and 52,206 MW, respectively.

  • Bongaigaon power plant is the first project of NTPC in the Northeast. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had laid foundation stone for this project in January, 2006.



 
BHEL bags Rs 2,900 cr orders from NTPC for emission control equipment 10/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer, today announced it has bagged four order worth Rs 2,900 crore from state-run power generator NTPC Ltd for supplying emission control equipment.

  • Under the contracts, won through competitive bidding, BHEL would supply and install Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) systems for control of Sulphur Dioxide emissions at NTPC's 1,980 Megawatt (Mw) North Karanpura plant, 1,000 MW Mauda Stage-I project, 1,980 Mw Barh Stage-I and 1,320 Mw Barh Stage-II project.

  • “With these orders, BHEL is presently executing FGD systems for 17 units of NTPC and its JVs, other projects being 3x250 MW Bongaigaon, 2x490 MW National Capital Power Station (NCPS) at Dadri and 2x660 MW Maitree in Bangladesh. Overall, BHEL has contracted FGD orders for 32 units from various customers till date,” the company said in a statement.

  • BHEL has an ongoing technology collaboration with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) of Japan for FGD systems and with HLB Power of Korea for large-sized Gates and Dampers.

  • “To control NOx, the company possesses in-house capabilities to supply the technology for reducing NOx levels through suitable modifications in boilers. In addition, BHEL is also supplying state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCRs) for higher reduction in NOx emission and has technology collaboration with NANO Co Ltd of Korea for SCR catalysts in coal-fired power plants,” BHEL said.

  • BHEL has installed over 183 power utility sets in India and abroad over the past five decades. Apart from NTPC, state utilities of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have also placed orders on the firm for supplying emission control equipment even as discussions with multiple utilities are currently ongoing.



 
BHEL wins orders for Emission Control equipment from TSGENCO 6/23/2018 12:00:00 AM
 
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has bagged two major orders for emission control equipment from Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Ltd. Valued at INR 1,000 Crore, the orders involve supply and installation of Flue Gas Desulphurization systems for control of SOx emissions at TSGENCO’s 1x800 MW Kothagudem Thermal Power Station and 4x270 MW Bhadradri TPS in Telangana. The order for Bhadradri TPS also includes modification in Boiler and ElectroStatic Precipitators to meet the revised emission norms. BHEL is presently executing these projects on Engineering, Procurement, Construction basis.The Indian power sector has seen an uptick in the ordering of emission control equipment due to the revised and more stringent emission norms notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. This calls for installation of emission control equipment in both existing, as well as, new thermal power projects. Reaffirming its commitment towards a better environment, BHEL is offering customized solutions for Indian thermal power plants to meet these revised emission norms.

  • BHEL has already been a major player in this area for more than a decade. The company was one of the earliest entrants in the Indian market for emission control equipment, having successfully executed the FGD system at Tata Power’s Trombay Unit 8 in 2008. BHEL is also currently installing FGD systems at NTPC’s 3x250 MW Bongaigaon project and 2x490 MW Dadri project, TSGENCO’s 5x800 MW Yadadri project, PVUNL’s 3x800 MW Patratu project, UPRVUNL’s 1x660 MW Panki project and the 2x660 MW Maitree project of BIFPCL (a JV of NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board) in Bangladesh. With this order, BHEL has contracted FGD orders for 22 thermal units till date. BHEL’s five-decade long experience of installing more than 1,80,000 MW utility sets in India and abroad, backed by its strong engineering credentials, has prompted various utilities to repose their confidence in the company’s capabilities to make their power plants compliant with the revised emission norms.



 
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