New Delhi: The state-run NTPC Limited, India’s largest power producer and a Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Power, on Saturday said that it is providing uninterrupted power supply to the nation despite lockdown. “The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has failed to dent the spirit of NTPC Limited. Every power station of the Maharatna has risen to the occasion and is performing at its optimum level under the support and guidance from the Ministry of Power led by Union Minister of State (I/c) for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh,” company added.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has underlined the significance of the power utilities, which have assumed greater significance as electricity is extremely critical in the smooth functioning of several sectors of the economy. NTPC is also efficiently managing the coal supplies for the continuous supply of electricity.
Even as NTPCians are at the front line and ensuring round the clock power supply, NTPC has stated that all its plants are strictly adhering to the guidelines regarding lockdown and social distancing. Beyond power output, the Power PSU is making rich contribution to the social welfare activities for the underprivileged section and migrant workers by providing ration and medical aid. The NTPC management is monitoring the developments closely so that every corner of the country remains adequately powered in its fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Among its fleet of power stations, NTPC Vindhyachal is the largest power station of the country which achieved over 100 percent PLF (Plant Load Factor) on April 13, and second 660-MW unit of India’s first ultra-supercritical power station NTPC Khargone became commercial during this period showing NTPC’s commitment towards excellence in operations in spite of the lockdown,” the company added.
The present installed capacity of NTPC Limited is 62,110 MW (including 11,755 MW through JVs and subsidiaries) comprising of 70 NTPC stations (24 coal-based stations, 7 combined cycle gas and liquid fuel based stations, 2 hydro based station, 1 wind-based station), 25 Joint Venture stations (9 coal-based and 4 gas based) and 12 renewable energy projects.