New Delhi: State-run NTPC Limited, which accounts for at least 16 percent of India’s total electricity generation capacity, has put in place measures beyond standard protocol to ensure no disruption in power generation because of Coronavirus outbreak. An official statement issued by the company said that it has issued advisories to its employees and has put curbs on entry of people for business meetings to protect personnel from Coronavirus infection.
What has NTPC done to curb Coronavirus infection?
In addition, face-to-face business meetings are being limited to the ones that are totally unavoidable. Special boxes have been placed in the company establishments for courier or postal deliveries. These measures are aimed at limiting entry and contact with people outside the company’s protection protocol, said an official statement. Health screening of all associate staff engaged at canteens, guest houses and dining halls are being done. Employees who are at high risk of complications in the event of Coronavirus infection will be allowed to work from home. NTPC said executives have been advised to curtail visit to foreign countries as far as possible. Employees who visited affected foreign countries in the last 14 days are being advised to report to the state health authorities for further necessary action in order to prevent Coronavirus infection.
Ensuring uninterrupted power supply
“Despite this pandemic situation, NTPC is making sure that there is no gap in power generation and taking all precautionary measure to ensure the same,” said the statement. NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power producer, is prepared to supply uninterrupted power to the nation despite the widespread threat of COVID-19, it added. The total installed capacity of NTPC stands at 58,156 MW currently, comprising of 55 NTPC stations ie 24 coal, seven combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 2 hydro, 1 wind, 11 solar PV projects and 10 joint venture stations.
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