National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) - Simhadri Thermal Power Project (STPP), Visakhapatnam
Simhadri is the ambitious project of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) intended to provide the ever growing power needs of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Infact, NTPC comes to the rescue of about 20 million units of power consumed every day in Andhra Pradesh. The construction work of the project is under way. Mr. R.C. Srivatsav has been appointed as the General Manager for the Simhadri Project Operations. With the completion of the project, the total power generation capacity of NTPC will reach to 3600 MW in Andhra Pradesh with NTPC Ramagundum already generating 2100 MW a day.
The Project was developed near Parawada and 3384 acres of land was allocated for the construction of the Thermal plant. The height of the Chimeny is 275-feet - a record in Asia for being the tallest factory chimeny. Near to this is the 165-meter two cooling towers. The Coal for the project will be coming to the plan with a special rail line setup for this. Coal will be drawn from the Mahanadi Coal Fields in Orissa drawing over 6 Million tonnes of coal every year. The Coal transport for the NTPC Simhadri Project is expected to begin in December 2002.
The water intake for the project for cooling is done by sea water drawn from 8.9 kms away from the Bay of Bengal through an intake-well sized 9100 cubic meters. This intake-well is again the biggest well constructed in the entire India. The project also gets Sweet water from the Yeluru canal.
The power generated at NTPC Simhadri will be bought by AP Transco - the power distribution arm of the Electricity Board in the state. The approximate selling price of power is expected to be at Rs. 2.10 as against to the price from private power generation companies which was at Rs. 3 - 4 per unit.
The 500 MW First Boiler at the NTPC Simhadri Boiler was ignited on November 6, 2001. This is a mile stone in the history of NTPC Simhadri.
The commencement of the 500 MW first unit is expected to begin in March 2002 while the second unit is expected to begin by December 2002.
To save the environment from pollution, NTPC Simhadri has taken ample steps. Towards this is the project of planting trees and maintaining greenery around the site.
Facts about NTPC Simhadri
|Govt. approved date||24.07.1997 (Zero date 8.7.1997)|
|Plant Capacity||1000 MW|
|Plant Configuration||2X500 MW|
|Land Availability||3384.24 acres (entire land)|
|International Assistance||? 32.011 Billion (JBIC)|
|Approved Investment||Rs.3650.79 Cr.(I Qtr.97)|
|Associated Transmission system||Being executed by APSEB.|
Location of the Project : Near Pittavanipalem Village, Vishakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh
- Balaji Iyengar - General Manager (In charge)
Prior to taking charge as in-charge general manager, Balaji Iyenger served as General Manager at NTPC thermal project in Vindhyachal District, Madhya Pradesh. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering. Balaji Iyenger joined NTPC in 1983 at Korba.
|State Government Approval||10 Mar 1995|
|No Objection Certificate||8 Jun 1995|
|MOEF Clearance||23 Jul 1996|
|Techo Economic Clearance||12 Jul 1996|
|Pollution Board No Objection Clearance||6 Sep 1996|
|Power Purchase Aggrement||4 Feb 1997|
|PIB Clearance||7 Feb 1997|
|OECF Clearance||8 Jul 1997|
|Mainplant Award||23 Nov 1998|
NTPC Simhadri in recent news
NTPC assistance for water supply
Three villages of Paravada mandal to be benefited
NTPC bags CII excellence award
Union Minister Kapil Sibal hands over the award
New General Manager for NTPC
Venkateswaran took charge as GM
Minister launches Indiramma Program
Announces row of projects for Visakhapatnam