NLCIL thermal project to be commissioned in three months
Power allocation to Tamil Nadu from NLC India Ltd (NLCIL) is expected to increase by an additional 500 MW with the first unit of the Neyveli New Thermal Power Project (2×500 MW) to be commissioned in the next three months.
A top official in the NLCIL said the erection activities for the project had been completed and testing work was under way. The first unit will be synchronised with the grid in the next three months.
At present, out of the total installed capacity in Tamil Nadu, NLCIL-owned lignite, coal based and renewable energy projects account for 2,223 MW.
The lignite-based component includes 1,517 MW from NLCIL’s Thermal Power Station I, II; Thermal Power Station I and II Expansion, 415 MW from coal-based Tuticorin power plant.
Tamil Nadu is also dependent on renewable energy projects of NLCIL drawing close to 291 MW to meet its power requirement. The entire power from renewable energy was allocated to the State.
Out of 1,209 MW of solar and wind energy of NLCIL, about 100 MW has already been synchronised with the grid while around 600 MW is likely to be commissioned in the next six months. These projects will add another 1,100 MW to the State’s installed capacity, the official said.
Gets 55% of allocation
Power sharing to Tamil Nadu was done only as per the prescribed percentage.
The State gets an allocation of 55% of the power generated by NLCIL, while other southern States and the Union Territory of Puducherry get smaller allotments.
Some of the major projects in the pipeline include coal-based 4,000 MW in Odisha, renewable energy projects in various states (2,601 MW), Thermal Power Station II Expansion (2,640 MW) in Neyveli.