NTPC’s Darlipali plant to generate power from March

Bhubaneswar: The first unit of the 1600-MW Darlipali Super Thermal Power Project (DSTPP) in Odisha is expected to generate power by March-end, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) said. NTPC’s Regional Executive Director (East-II) MP Sinha said the boiler is expected to be fully fit for operations early next month, while the turbine of the power plant, which is located in Sundargarh district, is ready. “Work on the two units of the project with 800 MW capacity each is progressing simultaneously. Commissioning activity for the first unit is on and it is set to start producing power by end of March,” Sinha said. At present, internal cleaning of the boiler is underway since it is necessary before start.

State to get 50% of power generated

The total cost of the project is about Rs 12,000 crore, while Rs 8,500 crore has already been spent so far, Sinha said. Odisha will get 50 percent of the total power generated by the plant, he added. Sinha said the plant’s second 800 MW unit is under construction and will start producing power about six months after the first unit kicks off generation. The power plant is expected to become completely functional by September. The Maharatna company has already concluded power purchase agreements (PPA) with states for the DSTPP. Coal for Darlipalli power plant would be taken from NTPC’s Dulanga coal mine. However, it can also be sourced from Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) in case of inadequacy.