NTPC keen for 50pc stake in OTPCL power plant - L&T and Bhel also inclined to pick up stake in project
NTPC Ltd, the country's largest thermal power producer, has evinced interest to pick up 50% stake in the 2400 Mw (3x800) power project to be set up at Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal district. The mega power project is being developed by Odisha Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (OPTCL) where two state PSUs- Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Ltd (OHPC) hold 50% stake each. "NTPC has given a proposal to acquire 50% stake in the OTPCL project But the government has not taken a call on it yet. To accommodate NTPC, each of the joint venture partners have to dilute their stakes", said a government official.
Besides NTPC, engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) were also inclined to pick up stake in OTPCL's project. Both these central PSUs were keen for only 26% stake and that too with a rider that their equipment would be used in the power plant. This belied the state government's initial plan of offloading 74% stake presumably because both its PSUs had no previous experience of building and running thermal power plants.
Total land finalised for the project taken up at a cost of Rs 17,000 crore, is 1,767.90 acres. This includes 1,074.95 acres of private land, 684.25 acres government land and 8.7 acres forest land. Alienation of government land is under process. Forest diversion proposal for 8.7 acres of land has been submitted to the principal chief conservator of forests. The private land is to be acquired in 10 project affected villages Aluajharana (19.68 acres), Annapurnapur (447.30 acres), Bijadiha (20.81 ares), Bhagirathapur Sasana (15.2 acres), Dhobabaheli (5.89 acres), Kateni (84.24 acres), Kantapala (45.55 acres), Kusumajodi (244.04 acres), Mahulapala (24.98 acres) and Anlabereni (74.32 acres).
The power purchase agreement (PPA) for sale of entire power to be generated by the OTPCL power station has been executed with Gridco, the state owned power trading firm. OTPCL has obtained in-principle approval from the water resources department for allocation of 80 cusecs of water from Brahmani river. The Tentuloi coal block in Talcher coalfields with reserve of 1234 million tonne has been allocated for the power plant. Annual requirement of coal is 12.62 million tonne per annum.