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National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) - Simhadri Thermal Power Project (STPP), Visakhapatnam

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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

Key People

  • 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

NTPC aiming to become a Power major

NTPC holds Circle meet