Originally painted as the biggest polluters, NTPC is now a big player in clean and green energy, says Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), NTPC Limited.
What opportunities do you see for the coal sector, especially after the allotment of new coal mines? How much coal does NTPC import in a year?
A number of initiatives have been taken to improve coal supply in the country. Putting power, coal and renewable ministries under one minister has been one big step, which has ensured an integrated approach towards fuel management for the power sector. As a power generator, we are seeing much better responses from coal companies. Coal production target for Coal India Limited (CIL) is envisaged to increase to the 1 billion tonne mark by 2019-2020. Steps are taken to optimise coal transportation by rationalising coal linkages, which shall lead to savings in freight costs. Also, with the introduction of third party sampling, quality of coal is expected to improve.
The government has moved rapidly to clean up the issues in the coal sector following the Hon´ble Supreme Court judgement and the transparent auction of coal mines shall ensure that coal supplies to the sector are augmented with the participation of more players.
There is a lot of concern about the power sector. How much has NTPC been impacted?
The new Government´s vision of providing 24x7 power to every household and the need to provide adequate thrust to economic growth will determine pace and nature of development of the power sector. This also translates into robust growth opportunities amid challenges for the sector.
India currently has one of the lowest annual per capita power consumption of about 920 kWh, even amongst BRICS nations.
I am confident that a high level of growth backed by the push for ´Make in India´ programme will require rapid capacity addition. Demand, supply and consumption trends will be key for the sector´s growth.
While there is a peak and energy deficit, there is also a situation where large amount of power is not getting dispatched. While there is a need to enhance capacity on one hand, on the other, there is an equally compelling need to optimize utilization of existing capacities with the help of measures like open access, separating distribution companies from wire owners and reduction of AT&C losses etc. Improvement in the financial health of state utilities will hold the key to development as these are the entities which buy power from generation companies.
NTPC has also forayed into other segments of the power sector and is now a big player in clean and green energy. Though sometimes painted as one of the biggest polluters in the country, NTPC not only meets all its environmental obligations to the nation but also gives good return on the capital employed.
What is the capex plan for the year 2015?
NTPC exceeded its capex of Rs 22,883 crore (102 per cent) for 2014-15 and for the current financial year it is estimated to be Rs 23,000 crore.
The company, generates maximum power from coal, do you have plans to include solar energy in the total installed capacity in the coming years. Is there any current solar project you have taken up?
NTPC has already commissioned seven solar power projects aggregating 110 MW. Around 50 per cent of 110 MW, i.e 55 MW of solar plants, are located at existing thermal power stations at Dadri, Faridabad, Ramagundam, Unchahar, Talcher and Singrauli. The balance solar plants commissioned includes a 5 MW plant at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and 50 MW plant at Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
NTPC has submitted its green commitment to the Government of India for developing 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects during 2014-19. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has also appointed NTPC to act as the nodal agency for implementing 15,000 MW solar power projects through IPPs under MNRE´s National Solar Mission Phase II Batch II in three tranches of 3,000 MW (2014-17), 5,000 MW (2015-18) and 7,000 MW (2016-19).
I wish to start pvc / pp electric wire unit in Delhi. What kind of information I can get if I subscribe for your magazine
Pls invite me all auction in gujarat
we are doing business developing for solar power ,thermal power , customer supporting and we have 45 mw splar power on hand needs investors.....
pls call +910842559230