NTPC Ltd, the leading power generator recorded 12.55% growth in generation for the month of August’2017 over corresponding period last year. The total generation for the month was 22.347 Billion Units as against 19.855 Billion Units. The PLF increased by 5.58% over the corresponding period last year.

 

Koldam Hydro Electric Power Project generated electricity at its peak capacity during this period.

 

In line with Govt of India’s thrust on Renewable energy, the NTPC’s solar stations generated 3 times higher than last year – 455 Million Units from 870 MW capacity.

 

NTPC has already commissioned 845 MW Solar PV Projects. And NTPC instaling 50 MW Wind Power project in Rajmol Gujrat.

 

NTPC Ltd., India’s biggest electricity/energy/power producer, has boosted its natural gas-based electricity generation amid drop in hydro-power, nuclear and wind energy and increased demand for thermal power, according to company officials as told to delhiNCRnews.in by senior officials into NTPC New Delhi headquarters.

 

Three Senior officers of NTPC told delhiNCRnews.in that their Chairman Gurdeep Singh “has big plans” for near future – delhiNCRnews.in shall publish on NTPC’s future goals with another story soon.

 

Gurdeep Singh, aged 51 years, has been the Chairman & Managing Director of the Board of Directors of NTPC Ltd. since February 4, 2016. A Mechanical Engineer. he has over 28 years of experience in power sector.

 

Prior to joining NTPC, Gurdeep Singh was Managing Director of GSECL (Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited) – a wholly owned subsidiary company of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) (and GSECL was incorporated in August 1993).

 

Howsoever delhiNCRnews.in has also learnt from senior sources in Central government Ministry that two senior bureaucrats and three energy company-heads (one in government sector and two private-sector energy experts) are also keen to get Chairmanship of NTPC, as per the existing norms of Government of India. It shall be difficult to ascertain by us any change of top-seat as of now, on a sudden basis, unless an extremely ambitious revamp gets a nod from India’s Central government at highest levels, based on whatsoever strong logic/s as they may be. We shall howsoever not speculate on such an important issue and will wait till delhiNCRnews.in gets any confirmed news on the matter. Our reliable sources are working on the issue.

 

Presently, talking about future of NTPC, an MoU has already been signed with Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc., Japan, for establishing an alliance for exchange of information and experts from different areas of the business. The company is also in the process of finalizing an MoU with Nigeria for setting up power plants against allocation of LNG on long-term basis for NTPC plants in India. NTPC has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka and Ceylon Electricity Board for setting up a 500 MW (2×250) coal-based thermal power plant in the island nation. NTPC also developing a joint-venture coal-based power plant 1,320 MW (2×660) with Bangladesh Power Development Board and Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company in Rampal, Bangladesh in close proximity to the Sundarbans near the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal.

 

Boost in gas-based thermal generation : NTPC is India’s largest electricity/energy/power producer, and has boosted natural gas-based thermal generation due to the drop in hydropower, nuclear and wind energy production, resulting into increase in demand for thermal power, according to NTPC officials as told in a meeting to delhiNCRnews.in into its New Delhi headquarters. The total installed capacity of the company is 49943 MW (including JVs) with own 36 coal-based and 7 gas-based stations, 7 Hydro-Electric Power Plants and 12 Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants as renewable resources in 2017. In this endeavor, NTPC has already commissioned 845 MW Solar PV Projects. And NTPC instaling 50 MW Wind Power project in Rajmol Gujrat.

 

NTPC Ltd., formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, is India’s Government-owned PSU (Public Sector Undertaking), also called as PSE (Public Sector Enterprise). It was founded by Government of India in 1975, which now holds 69.74% of its equity shares (after divestment of its stake in 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014 & 2016). The balance is held by public, FIIs, Mutual Funds and Banks. In May 2010, NTPC was conferred Maharatna status by the Union Government of India. NTPC is ranked 300th in the Forbes Global 2000 for 2016. The company employees over 25000 professionals. NTPC was ranked 2nd among the 250 largest Power Producers and Energy Traders in the world by Platts in 2015. On overall basis NTPC ranked 56th amongst Platts 250 Companies.

 

The company was founded on 7 November 1975,  incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 and a “Government Company” within the meaning of the act. The headquarters of the company is situated at New Delhi.

 

NTPC got listed on BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai) and NSE (National Stock Exchange of India) on 5 November 2004. On the day of listing, it become the third largest company in India in terms of market capitalization.

 

Complying with Environmental and Sustainable Development concerns, Government has decided to scrap the coal fired power stations which are more than 25 years old to reduce the pollution, after installing new NTPC plants. Besides scrapping old pulverized coal fired units, NTPC also may plan to replace coal with torrefied crops waste/biomass as fuel in these units (nearly 11,000 MW) to make them profitable and productive assets without contributing to pollution – which is being intensely studied – as told to delhiNCRnews.in by NTPC experts on its future energy production goals.

 

The plant utilization at NTPC’s gas-fired stations has closely tripled to 60 percent in the past three to four days, said its officials, who asked not to be identified, citing company policy.

 

That compares with an average plant utilization of about 24 percent for NTPC’s gas-fired stations in the three months ending into June, when summer demand peaks.

 

To meet this sudden increase in demand, NTPC is buying about 10 million cubic meters re-gasified liquefied natural gas daily from the state-run gas distributor, GAIL India Ltd., on a spot basis, delhiNCRnews.in sources told us. GAIL imports the fuel as LNG (liquefied natural gas).

 

A recent drop in output from hydro, wind and nuclear power plants has opened up an opportunity for gas-based plants, which on average run at about a fifth of their capacity because they are rarely able to compete with cheaper fuels. GAIL Chairman B.C. Tripathi told earlier this week that “the company [GAIL] is witnessing a surge in demand for gas from power producers including NTPC and Indraprastha Power Generation Co.”, both which supplies power in the Nation’s Capital Territory of Delhi.

 

One reason for the spurt in gas power demand is that all of a sudden in Gujarat, wind power has come down in the last weeksays one of the nation’s biggest importer of the super-chilled fuel, Petronet LNG Ltd.

 

The wind season is over slightly earlier, normally it lasts till the end of September. That’s why power plants, especially in Gujarat, have started consuming more gas.

 

A rainfall deficit in some parts of the country has cut hydropower generation, while a 1-gigawatt nuclear reactor at the Kudankulam plant has been under a maintenance shutdown for over a month, reducing nuclear power output.

 

Coal-fired power generation surged 17 percent in August to compensate for the shortfall in electricity from other sources.

 

Still, some gas-plant operators say the rise in demand may be temporary and are holding back from restarting their turbines.

 

Another operater of gas-fired power plants in southern state of Andhra Pradesh is still not finding buyers for its gas-fired electricity.

 

While some more gas plants may have raised output, many more would be waiting to see if the demand sustains for a longer time, says a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLP in Mumbai.

 

Most of the plants are combined cycle, and they need a certain utilization level to run viably.

 

NTPC has also ventured into oil and gas exploration and coal mining activities. It is the largest power company in India with an electric power generating capacity of 51,410 MW. Although the company has approximately 16% of the total national capacity it contributes to over 25% of total power generation due to its focus on operating its power plants at higher efficiency levels (approximately 80.2% against the national PLF rate of 64.5%). NTPC currently produces 25 billion units of electricity per month.

 

In the year 1997, Government of India conferred it with “Navratna” status. In the same year it achieved a milestone of generation of 100 billion units of electricity in a year.

 

In 1998, it commissioned its first Naptha-based plant at Kayamkulam with a capacity of 350 MW.

 

In 1999, NTPC plant in Dadri, which had the highest plant load factor (PLF) in India of 96%, was certified with ISO-14001.

 

During 2000, it commenced construction of its first hydro-electric power project, with 800 MW capacity, in Himachal Pradesh.

 

In 2002, it incorporated 3 subsidiary companies: “NTPC Electric Supply Company Limited” for forward integration by entering into the business of distribution and trading of power; “NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited” for meeting the expected rise in energy trading; “NTPC Hydro Limited” to carry out the business of implementing and operating small and medium hydro-power projects.

 

In the same year its installed capacity crossed 20,000 MW.

 

In October 2005, the company’s name was changed from “National Thermal Power Corporation Limited” to “NTPC Limited”. The primary reason for this change was the company’s foray into hydro and nuclear based power generation along with backward integration by coal mining.

 

In 2006, it entered into an agreement with Government of Sri Lanka to set up two units of 250 MW each in Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.

 

During 2008 and 2011, NTPC entered into Joint Ventures with BHEL, Bharat Forge, NHPC, Coal India, SAIL, NMDC and NPCIL to expand its business of power generation.

 

By the end of 2010, its installed capacity crossed 31,000 MW.

 

The company in 2009 joined forces with other state enterprises Rashtriya Ispat Nigam, Steel Authority of India, Coal India, National Minerals Development Corporation and National Thermal Power Corporation to invest in coal mining operations through a joint venture vehicle named International Coal Ventures Private Limited (ICVL).

 

In July 2014 ICVL acquired a 65 percent stake in the Benga coal mine in Mozambique (from the Rio Tinto Group)

 

NTPC’s core business is generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India. The company also undertakes consultancy and turnkey project contracts that involve engineering, project management, construction management and operation and management of power plants.

 

NTPC operates from 55 locations in India, one location in Sri Lanka and 2 locations in Bangladesh.  Into India NTPC has 8 regional headquarters in Delhi (NCRHQ), Delhi (HydroHQ), Patna, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Raipur.

 

All the generating stations owned by National Thermal Power Corporation is done by respective Regional Load Dispatch Centres which are the apex body to ensure integrated operation of the power system grid in the respective region. All these Load Dispatch Centres come under Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO).

 

Also, State-run power producer NTPC Ltd is expecting to complete the acquisition of the Chhabra Thermal Power Plant from the Rajasthan government in a month or two, an official said on Tuesday. In January, a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NTPC, Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (RVUN) and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (RUVNL) for the transfer. Under the MoU, four units of 250 MW each of the Chhabra Thermal Power Plant will be transferred to NTPC in the first phase while two units of 660 MW each will be transferred after commissioning. He also said the power producer would dismantle old thermal power plants only after commissioning new plants.

 

“The deal is expected to be over in a month or two,” he said on the sidelines of the Indian Coal Markets Conference. “We are taking over Chhabra power plant and going by regulated depreciated book value subject to approval of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. The running plant is of 1,000 MW and 1,320 MW capacity is under construction. The cost of the running plant comes to around Rs 4,000 crore,” NTPC Director (Finance) K. Biswal said a day ago. Speaking on the stock of coal in the power plants, he said: ” Out of 22 stations, coal stock in our 13 power stations has come down to less than three days. However, the supply is improving.”

 

delhiNCRnews.in exclusive (with inputs from agencies)

 

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