ANGUL: The 3000 MW NTPC-Kaniha has achieved two percent more plant load factor (PLF) this year and stood first among the big power plants in India in the current financial year.
The plant feeds power to 17 States including Odisha.
The PLF as on today was 89.19 percent, while in the same period last year it was 87.17 percent, said the Executive Director of the power plant, NK Kothari.
Addressing a media conference recently, he said the plant achieved the record against the target of an average 86 percent PLF.
“We have secured more than 89 percent while the target for the year was fixed at 86 percent PLF. Capacity enhancement of the existing units and uninterrupted coal supply helped the plant achieve the target,” he said.
On expansion of the current 3000 MW capacity to 4600 MW with the addition of two 800 MW units, Kothari said various studies for the proposed expansion projects have started.
“As soon as they are over, the next step will be taken to expedite the project works. The State will get be highly benefited from this expansion project as power will be cheaper from the expanded units than the current one,” he added.
As far as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are concerned, Kothari said NTPC as a master player in this front had diversified its activities to provide Self-employment to local youths.
“We are sending some youths for training on plastic technology and girls for beautification training so that they could get gainful employment. We are also providing various opportunities to rural youths for self employments,” the Executive Director said.
To a query on pollution, he denied the allegation that effluents from the power plant is flowing into Brahmani river.