Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the 2400 MW first phase of NTPC’s Patratu Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand.
The project is a 74: 26 joint venture between Government of Jharkhand (GoJ) and Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (PVUN), a subsidiary company of NTPC establishing a total capacity expansion of 4,000MW, a power ministry statement said.
Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh among others was present on the occasion.
The NTPC’s PVUNL is set to develop the project in two phases: 2,400 MW (3x800MW) in Phase-I and 1,600 MW (2×800 MW) in Phase-II, which will be developed later, the statement said.
This project will allocate 85 per cent of the power to Jharkhand that will benefit the state in the long run and help in the economic growth of the region. Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) scheme, this project will ensure providing 24×7 power availability to households.
The project has salient features of dry ash disposable system (second to NTPC Dadri), zero liquid discharge system, air-cooled condenser technology (only second to North Karanpura STPP) and rail loading facility for transportation of ash. The project further complies with the new emission norms with high efficiency ESP, FGD and Nox emission control systems as well.
The engineering, procurement and construction contract of the project has been awarded to state-run power equipment maker BHEL. The commissioning of the first unit is envisaged in 2022 and subsequently the other two units after an interval of six months each from the preceding unit.
The PVUN is already providing clean drinking water, regular health camps and skill development of local youths in the adjoining villages. As the project progresses, the community development will further focus on employability, health and sanitation, infrastructure development and the education of girl child, it added.