New Delhi: State-run NTPC Limited has completed the trial operation of Unit II of Stage-I of Barh Super Thermal Power Project in Bihar, the company said on Thursday. In a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges, NTPC said, “…. we wish to inform that based on achievement of approved norms and due approvals, Unit-2 of 660 MW capacity of Stage-I (3 x 660 MW) of Barh Super Thermal Power Project in the State of Bihar, has successfully completed trial operation and consequently included in the installed capacity of NTPC Limited.”
“With this, the installed capacity of NTPC Limited and NTPC group has become 57,038 MW and 73,024 MW, respectively,” said the filing.
NTPC’s Barh Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) is a 3.3-GW supercritical coal-fired power station in Barh, Bihar. It will comprise of a total of five coal-fired power generating units of 660 MW capacity each. Stage-I includes the construction of units I, II and III, while units IV and V were built under stage two. While Units IV and V were commissioned in 2014 and 2016, respectively, Unit I was synchronised to the grid in 2020.
Even though the foundation stone of the project was laid by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on June 5, 1999, the project has seen inordinate delays in its execution over the years. The last unit, which now remains to be commissioned, is expected to go online within this year itself. Bihar gets around 90 percent of its power from Stage-II and nearly 61 percent from Stage-I of NTPC’s Barh Super Thermal Power Project.