State-run power giant NTPC has exceeded the target of generation capacity addition of 11,920 MW set for the 12th Plan (2012-17) by adding 12,840 MW.
NTPC Group’s power generation capacity has increased to 49,943 MW so far in the plan period, which would end on March 31, 2017.
“With commissioning of 800 MW Unit at Kudgi in Karnataka, 250 MW Unit at Bongaigaon in Assam and 20 MW at Bhadla Solar in Rajasthan today, the total installed capacity of NTPC group has become 49,943 MW,” a senior official said.
NTPC has exceeded the 12th Plan capacity addition target of 11,920 MW by adding 12,840 MW, the highest-ever capacity addition in any 5 year plan by the company, the official said.
The NTPC Ltd and Group NTPC also achieved highest ever daily generation of 784.74 million units (MUs) and 870.11 MUs respectively on March 22, 2017 surpassing previous best of 782.95 MUs and 866.47 MUs achieved on September 9, 2016.
NTPC coal stations clocked highest-ever daily generation of 749.63 MUs on March 22, 2017 over previous highest of 742.51 MUs in 2016.
The NTPC has achieved the highest ever generation of 243.326 BUs on March 22 2017 in FY17 against previous best of 241.976 BUs achieved in FY 2016 from sources like coal, gas, hydro and solar.
The official said that the higher generation from coal based stations indicates uptrend in electricity demand in the grid.
NTPC has a total installed capacity of 49,943 MW from its 19 coal-based, 7 gas-based, 10 solar PV, one Hydro and 9 subsidiaries/joint venture power stations.
The company has capacity of over 22,000 MW under implementation at 23 locations across the country including 4,300 MW being undertaken by joint venture and subsidiary companies.
NTPC s first coal mine, Pakri-Barwadih at Hazaribagh, became operational in December 2016. The first wind power project — Rojmal Wind Energy Project of 50 MW — is being set up in Gujarat.