Odisha Sends NTPC Concerns

Minister Energy Susanta Singh today claimed State Government is proactively assisting National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) units in State and urged Union Energy New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh for immediate resolution of several pertinent issues relating to NTPC Talcher power plant.

In a letter to the Union Minister, in response to a letter of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, Mr.Singh said the Centre is aware that Odisha Government has been proactively assisting NTPC in all its projects in State as a result of which NTPC has been able to set up new Thermal Power Plant at Darlipali in Sundargarh district and has also been able to progress on the Dulanga Coal Mine Project.

Similarly, the issues related to NTPC project at Kaniha as well as Talcher have also been dealt with promptly by the State Government leading to continued optimum utilisation of these plants, the State’s Minister said.

Further, apart from according approval for such projects, other matters relating to land acquisition, forest and environment clearances, water allocation, road and rail communication, ash disposal, power evacuation and other required statutory clearances are also being facilitated by the State Government, he told the Union Minister.

“The State Project Monitoring Group (SPMG) under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary reviews the progress of such projects every month as a result of which the projects are progressing smoothly with the active cooperation of all arms of the State Government,” he added.

The Talcher Thermal Power Project (Stage-III-1320 MW) has also been similarly facilitated by the Odisha Government as a result of which several statutory clearances could be obtained by NTPC, said Mr.Singh.
State’s Chief Secretary has also reviewed the progress of the project in a meeting held on July 28 in the presence of senior officials of NTPC, Mr.Singh added.

“However, while this project is being facilitated by Government of Odisha, it is also desirable that the issues related to the de-allocation of power from some of the NTPC plants located outside Odisha and substitution with power allocation from NTPC power stations located In the State are also addressed In a time bound manner,” he urged the Union Minister.
Mr.Singh said the power tariff per unit, intimated by NTPC for the first year of operation, was much higher than it was indicated in the review meeting chaired by State Chief Secretary on July 28.

“Power tariff is in the range of Rs. 3.40 per unit which is much higher than Rs.2.70 per unit indicated In the review meeting held by Chief Secretary on 28.07.2018,” Mr.Singh informed the Union Minister.
He said, NTPC may confirm the evacuation of power from the Talcher project through State Transmission Network so that Odisha is not subject to payment of very high transmission charges of PGOL which are likely to be in the range of Rs. 0.60 to Rs. 0.80 per unit when the plant becomes operational.
If the issues cited by the State Government are not resolved, Odisha would end up paying higher cost for power from NTPC stations to the extent of Rs. 500 Crore per annum for the next 25 years, the Minister said adding such enormous financial burden amounting to almost Rs 12,000 crore on the power consumers of Odisha can be avoided if the Union Government agrees to the suggestions of the State Government.
Mr.Singh said in his letter that Odisha has been allocated high cost NTPC power from neighbouring States such as Barh-I (418 MW) and Barh-II (166 MW), which is likely to cost more than Rs. 5 per unit leading  to high  retail  tariff for the consumers in State.  
“We have been requesting Ministry of Power, Government of India for surrender of this high cost power and its swapping with NTPC power from Kaniha and Talcher” he told the Union Minister adding, “This would be a WIN-WIN solution for both NTPC and Odisha and facilitate early setting up of the Talcher Thermal Power Plant (Stage-III).”

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